Irvington Announces Second Penguin Plunge Fundraiser

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Irvington residents swim in the Hudson River as part of the Penguin Plunge fundraiser in March 2012. Photo Credit: File/Meredith Shamburger

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – A bunch of Irvington residents will once again jump into the Hudson River this winter as part of a village fundraiser.

The second annual Irvington Penguin Plunge will take place on March 2 at Matthiessen Park, village officials announced Tuesday. The fundraiser, sponsored by the Fundraising and Community Events Committee, will help raise money for programs in the Parks and Recreation Department.

Last year's plunge raised about $76,000, supporting, among other things, the senior program, open gym, summer camp scholarships and July Fourth fireworks. About 100 people signed up to raise money and brave the frigid waters last March.

This year's plunge already has four participants vying for pledges: Mayor Brian Smith, Kristy Schmitt, Jonny Kashkin and Jamie Gehman.

Residents can sign up to take the plunge by downloading an application and sending it to the Irvington Recreation Department.

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