Polar Plunge Happening in Peekskill New Year's Day

More than 30 residents will raise money for a local organization by jumping into the frigid Hudson River on New Year's Day.

The Polar Plunge is in its second consecutive yearThe Quiet Man Public House is sponsoring the event. Proceeds go to the This Is Me Foundation.

Local sisters Lauren and Caitlin Brady launched the foundation in 2012. It's aimed at raising awareness of alopecia, an autoimmune disease that results in hair loss, and spreading hope to individuals who are facing challenges.

The foundation gives college scholarships for students in the area who are facing adversity, or who have helped a friend through a difficult time. The scholarship program is inspired by Ryan Risco and Cait Chivonne Polhill, two local people who died young.

Last year the event raised more than $2,420. This year it starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 1) at Peekskill's Riverfront Green Park. It's open to the public. Organizers hope local folks will attend and "encourage the brave plungers."

The National Weather is calling for a slight chance of snow Wednesday, along with partly sunny skies and a high of about 30-degrees.

For more information, or to inquire into becoming a plunge participant, email Lauren Brady at polarplunge@thisismefoundation.com. To sponsor a plunger, or all plungers, visit newyearspolarplunge.org.

Click here to read more about the inaugural event, and how Chuck McGreal, owner of The Quiet Man, came up with the idea.


This Is Me Foundation December 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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