Plungers Brave Frigid Temps


plungeThe Town of North Hempstead teamed up with Special Olympics New York for the 10th Annual Town of North Hempstead Polar Plunge this past Saturday. Nearly 600 plungers hopped into the chilly waters of Hempstead Harbor to raise $85,000 for Special Olympics New York.

Among the plungers were Town Councilwomen Anna Kaplan and Dina De Giorgio. Councilwoman Kaplan made a commitment that she would plunge if she was able to raise $2,500. Kaplan ended up raising over $3,000 for Special Olympics New York, and was the leading individual fundraiser.

The monies raised will help support more than 200 Special Olympics athletes for a full year. This event is part of more than a dozen Polar Plunges annually in New York which last year raised nearly $1 million for Special Olympics New York.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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