LAKE PLACID - A cold swim Saturday did a lot of good for hungry people and homeless pets.
The Lake Placid Middle School Builder's Club raised more than $2,000 in pledges for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society and the Wilmington and Lake Placid food pantries when 30 people took a quick dip in frigid Mirror Lake. It was for the fifth annual Plunge for a Cause, otherwise known as Freezin' for a Reason.
The winners of the plunge costume contest were as follows: the Lake Placid Hawaiian Modified Softball team, led by their coaches Jen Rockhill and Michael Bringley; the faculty team, "The Three Stooges and the Praying Nun" (Kristen Boslet, Eric Harter, Jon Fremante and Dave Miller); and the sixth-grade "ice cube," Olivia Sawyer, who earned $70 in pledges.
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The fifth annual Plunge for a Cause, aka as Freezin’ for a Reason, was held Saturday, April 28 along the shores of Mirror Lake. The event is a fundraiser organized by students at the Lake Placid Middle High School and proceeds benefit the local food pantries and humane society. Above, participants race to take the plunge into the cold water.
Senior class participants raised more than $300. Donations from plungee and technology teacher Eric Harter are huge every year, and this year was no exception - $415 from his family and friends from afar. Austin Pratt had the high school's top donation again this year - $246. Sara Donatello had the middle school's top donation of $300. The modified softball team's combined donations were more than $250.
The Builder's Club is advised by Patti McConvey. The plunge was sponsored by Kiwanis International and aided by Starbucks and Price Chopper.
As the club collects the pledged money, it is still accepting donations, with a goal of reaching last year's total of $2,400. Organizers noted that last year's plunge day was warmer than this one. They also said that although this year's plunge was down in numbers, it was not down in enthusiasm.
To donate, contact Patti McConvey at 518-523-2474, ext. 4130.