From 12 – 2 p.m., volunteers will brave the frigid Hudson to benefit local children with serious illnesses. All funds raised will go to cover medical expenses not covered by their families’ insurance.

This year’s two beneficiaries hail from Valley Cottage and Pearl River. Ten year-old Alex Fernandez is having specialized radiation treatment in Boston and continues treatment for a rare-type of mixed-cell brain tumor. The second honoree, 13-year-old Francesco Galvano, faces treatment for pediatric leukemia.

Organizers have lots of freezin’ fun and food planned for the Sunday event. There will be live music. Clowns will bring smiles and to chilly faces and more entertainment will be announced as we get closer to the event. There will also be a raffle for great and unique prizes.

The Penguin Plunge is free and open to the public — but donations are welcome. “Even if you don’t take the plunge, it is fun just to come down and support those who do,” says organizer Barbara Noyes. “There is no admission charge, just a lot of warm hearts!” she says.

March 4, 2012 there will be some frosty fun for the whole family at Memorial Park in Nyack when swimmers will take a dive for charity in the 5th annual Penguin Plunge. In addition to the chilly entertainment, there will be music, food and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.


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