One thing is certain. The water will be cold.
At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, the Warwick Valley Humane Society will host its first “Polar Plunge” fund-raising event for its shelter’s homeless residents.
The event, somewhat similar to those New Year’s Day polar plunges held at Coney Island, will take place at Greenwood Lake’s Breezy Point Inn, 620 Jersey Ave., during its annual “Winter Carnival,” Friday, Feb. 13, to Sunday, Feb. 15.
All-day events for Saturday and Sunday include outdoor barbecue, games, giveaways, live musical entertainment and dancing, wine-tasting dinner, frozen T-shirt contest, Torch Lighting Ceremony, Miss Winter Carnival and more.
“A polar plunge,” said Suzyn Baron, president of the Humane Society, “is an event where basically crazy people run into the ocean on New Year’s Day or in our case, as a fund raiser, ‘Go Jump in the Lake.’ And we have been invited to join in the festivities at the Breezy Point’s Winter Carnival.”
The Breezy Point Restaurant has been sponsoring the Winter Carnival for years and this year staff will cut out a section of the ice on the lake just off its dock for the plunge. The Polar Plunge is scheduled to happen on Sunday at 3 p.m. with registration at 2 p.m.
Registration is $20 per person, 18 years and older. A waiver must be signed and the plunger must wear closed shoes. Members of the Greenwood Lake Ambulance Corps will be conducting a quick voluntary medical checkup for those plunging and the Breezy Point has offered two changing rooms for before and after the event.
The first 25 registrants will receive a free knit cap.
Plungers are encouraged to also “be a bear and dare a friend to plunge or to sponsor a plunger.”
Brave volunteer plungers can register by sending a check or money order to WVHS PO Box 61, Warwick, NY 10990 and noting that it is for the Polar Plunge or by visiting www.wvhumane.org or Active.com.
For additional information, call 986-2473.
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