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Taking The Icy Plunge In A High School Parking Lot

This past weekend, I saw people who were making a difference right where they live. The Icy Plunge!

COVID changed a lot of things. People, businesses and organizations. But, for one group of people, they did not let it stand in the way. On Saturday, three teams form the Keene area, took the Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics New Hampshire.

A Plunge usually taking place at Hampton Beach, but changed because of COVID, brought a group of people together in the parking lot of Keene High School to take the PLUNGE! {{more}}

The Penguin Plunge, is the largest annual fundraiser for Special Olympics New Hampshire.

A table manned by Mike Salce, who has worked with them for 39 years, had folks filling out waivers, greeting others and readying for the cold water. Dr. Dan Rath, a retired gastroenterologist at Cheshire Medical Center and team leader of The Frozen Sections, was going to be plunging for his 20th year straight and a cake to celebrate it sat on the table.

Individuals and teams from across the state usually gather at Hampton Beach the first week of February to take an icy plunge. With the COVID pandemic, they sought out an alternative. That option took place in the parking lot. Approximately, 25 people from 3 area teams with help from the Keene Fire Department, who provided a portable water tank instead of the icy waters of the Atlantic. Folks climbed in a few at a time, dunking themselves to the cheers of a socially distanced crowd.

There were 3 teams including longtime participants The Frozen Sections (They often rank among the state’s top fundraising teams.), the Monadnock Regional High School Frozen Paws, and Keene High School student athletes. Collectively they have raised more than $20,000 for this event (Across the state 968 individuals and teams have raised a total of $589,198 to date. Fundraising for this year’s Penguin Plunge will continue through April.)

Folks were there to support friends, to plunge in memory of others and to promote the goodness that the Special Olympics provides.

On Sunday there was a small group of Keene folks who decided to make the trek to Hampton Beach. Downey Page, along with Trevor and Trent Hunt, went to lunge in the Atlantic.

These folks are dedicated to Special Olympics New Hampshire and all that it stands for. It was exciting to see and meet so many.

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