Warwick Valley Humane Society raises $1,400 at ‘Go Jump in the Lake’ Polar Plunge in Greenwood Lake
The air temperature Sunday afternoon in Greenwood Lake was 9 degrees. The water temperature was 34.
And six men and four women jumped into Greenwood Lake to help raise money for the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s second annual “Go Jump in the Lake” Polar Plunge on the coldest Valentine’s Day since the 1960’s.
After taking the plunge, the jumpers had to wade through about 20 feet of water to climb out of the lake. They were each wrapped in blankets and rush into a room at the Breezy Point Inn.
“Most polar plunges take place on beaches where people run into the water,” said Suzyn Barron, president of the Humane Society, in an email exchange with The Warwick Advertiser. “Our plungers are a rare breed and indeed brave to take the leap into Greenwood Lake.
“From what they told me it was exhilarating and all but one said they would do it again next year,” Barron added.
The Polar Plunge raised $1,400 for the Humane Society’s “Pound Pets” from six special sponsors, plunge fees, donations and auction by the Breezy Point Inn.
“I have been asked to take the plunge,” Barron said, ” but then, who run the shelter?”
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