A group of daring plungers make their way in to the freezing cold water of Greenwood Lake on Sun., Feb 17 during the fifth annual ‘Go Jump in the Lake’ Polar Plunge to benefit the Warwick Valley Humane Society. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lourice Angie

The Warwick Valley Humane Society (WVHS) held their fifth annual “Go Jump in the Lake” Polar Plunge on Sun., Feb. 17 at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park during the Greenwood Lake Winter Carnival and it was a big success. The annual event is fun for both plungers and spectators and is a quite a spectacle to witness.

However, everyone who participates in the chilling event is there to support the animals at the shelter. The WVHS stays 100 percent true to their mission statement and provides all of the necessary services to pets within our Towns, Villages and hamlets. The $25 registration fee for participants covers the cost of caring for one shelter animal for two and a half months. Next year’s goal is to have as many plungers as shelter animals – which is currently over 200.

Special Thanks

Special thanks goes out to the Greenwood Lake Police Department, Police Chief John Hansen, Police Officers Kevin Bonkoski and Al Nicholas, Sr., of the Greenwood Lake Dive Team, the Greenwood Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Firefighters Mike Finn and Alex Nicholas, and to the Greenwood Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Captain Bob Ackerson for cutting open the ice and keeping everyone safe.

Thanks also to the Town of Warwick, Village of Greenwood Lake, Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Greenwood Lake Winter Carnival for hosting the plunge during their Winter Carnival.

A very special thank you to the Greenwood Lake Coalition Teen Center for the use of their heated Kid’s Arts and Crafts Tent which was also used by plungers as a dressing/staging area before and after taking the plunge.

Thanks to all the sponsors: Greenwood Lake True Value and Bernie Fink, A Fine Line Hair Design, Hudson Valley Earthworks, Fischer Auto and the Village Buzz Café.

There were 28 brave souls who took the plunge this year, some dressed up in rather unusual costumes and clothing but brave enough to face the frozen cold lake.  The plungers helped raise a total of $3,255 for the WVHS.

New to the event this year was a parade and costume contest. The winner, Matthew Morton, dressed as a mermaid or (mer-man) during his plunge. Morton has plunged every year so far and is a long time supporter of the WVHS.

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