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Polar Plunge Turns Into Spray-Down, Raises $6K

The 2014 New Year's Day Polar Plunge in Peekskill (Credit: Rocco Smith Photography)
The 2014 New Year's Day Polar Plunge in Peekskill (Credit: Rocco Smith Photography)
The second annual New Year's Day Polar Plunge in Peekskill raised $6,015—more than double what the inaugural event saw—for a local organization that gives scholarships to students facing adversity.

The event took place at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park Wednesday. The weather was frigid.

"We actually couldn’t plunge!" organizer Lauren Brady told Patch via email. "The river froze and though the (AMAZING) Peekskill EMS, firefighters and police did literally EVERYTHING they could to help and break-up the ice, it just wasn’t safe enough in the end."

So instead of jumping in the Hudson River, the 34 participants stripped down to bathing suits and stood on the shore while firefighters doused them with the fire hose.

Lauren called the turn of events "amazing." 

The Quiet Man Public House sponsored the plunge, which benefits the This Is Me Foundation. Lauren and her sister 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.

Check out more photos of the event here, on the This Is Me Foundation's Facebook page.

Editors' note: This story was originally posted at about 10:15 p.m. Jan. 3, 2014. 
John Q. Public January 04, 2014 at 06:38 AM
You are all very brave to withstand those near zero temperatures in bathing suits. Congratulations for your fund raising efforts.
Tina Bongar January 04, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Fantastic! Thank you to the 34 heart-strong people for their plunge into raising awareness and funds for a good cause. Bravo!
Tammara Hays January 04, 2014 at 11:21 AM
This is an awesome foundation and ran by the most enthusiastic girls!!! Love them and everything they represent!! Way to go to the plungers that ended up getting doused in the end...your efforts don't go unnoticed and went to a wonderful cause!!
Richard Light January 05, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Doused them with the firehouse ???
Ashley Tarr (Editor) January 06, 2014 at 09:46 AM
The error has been corrected. Thank you Richard.

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