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Irvington Residents Take the Plunge, Raise Money

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – It takes a brave soul to plunge into the Hudson River this time of the year. The river's water temperature was 36 degrees on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey .

A group of Irvington residents have decided to take their chances on Saturday for a good cause: the village's F.A.C.E. committee, which raises money for village events that had to be cut because of tightening budgets. Saturday's Penguin Plunge fund-raiser will raise money for the village's annual Fourth of July Fireworks at Matthiessen Park.

Village residents, including several village and school officials, will leap into the freezing water at Matthiessen Park at 12:30 p.m. while the Irvington Fire Department's frigid water rescue team observes the action.

Participants have been raising money for their bravery, with Mayor Brian Smith, school board member Robert Grados and resident Jonny Kashkin leading the pack. Village trustee Rocco Rasulo promoted the event during Monday's board meeting and encouraged people to get involved.

“Please consider sponsoring one of the many brave souls who are stepping up to help support the community,” Rasulo said, adding that refreshments will be served at the event.

Organizers note on the event's website that “some plungers will only get their ankles wet, others will stay in and frolic until the dive members ask them to leave the water.” No participant will be allowed to swim underwater, and the deepest part of the plunge will be about four feet.

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