The Ice is clearing for the plunge tomorrow Mar 22

The Penguin Plunge, to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics, is on for Saturday March 22. The brave bunch will hit the beach at Candlewood Lake at high noon. Registration will begin at 10 AM at the Police Athletic League (PAL) building at 35 Hayestown Road, across the street from Candlewood Town Park. There is plenty of parking but everyone is asked to carpool when possible.

Go jump in a lake

Everyone who plunges must sign a waver (available here) and must be over 8 years old. There are risks involved in jumping into almost frozen water but it is most likely worth it for the cause. The Penguin Plunge is the opportunity to run, jump or dive into the chilly waters of Connecticut, in this case Candlewood Lake. Last Year thousands of "Penguins" took the plunge statewide to raise much needed funding for Special Olympics Connecticut. The financial support comes from "Penguins" who solicit donations from family, friends and local businesses in order to take the plunge. Incentive prizes for money raised and individual and group awards are given in a number of different categories.

33% to the goal

Teams have each raised at least $100 per member leading up to the Saturday plunge. You can make a gift today, on-line at the secure website, here. To see the scrolling list of the teams and how much they each have raised click onto the website. The overall goal for the Danbury Penguin Plunge is $45,000 and to date $15,000 is posted on the income board. Up to half of the money raised before Saturday will be used for programs locally. The rest, and funds raised on Saturday will go to the national program. Tips for fundraising are included on the website, here.

Local support

Danbury has 16 teams this year: 2116 Advisory, A Shore thing, Broadview United, Brookfield Plungers, Catalano, Danbury Special Olympics, David's All-Stars, Plunging Peeps, sCatalano, Team Rogers, Team Schneider, The Brady Brunch gang, The Universal Legion of Do Gooders, THS Irish Club, Triple Lindy Plungers, and WCSU Sigma Chi. The Danbury's business sponsor is Next Step Living, on a mission to make it easy, affordable and rewarding for homeowners to implement energy-saving solutions. Find their website here.

For more information, about gift giving, contact Sharon Pelkey at 203-230-1201 x256. Another way to help is to buy the merchandise. Shop the store here. Watching the crowd jump into Candlewood Lake is an interesting site. Be at Danbury Candlewood Town Park, Hayestown Road just before Noon Saturday so you don't miss the excitement, and perhaps give a little for Special Olympics.



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