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Crab Meadow Polar Plunge Raises $22K


By Thomas Nothel


The Town of Huntington hosted its 2nd annual “Polar Bear Plunge” recently at the newly renamed “Frank Petrone Beach” at Crab Meadow Park in Northport.


Town Board members Sal Ferro, Joan Cergol and Dr. Dave Bennardo were the official hosts for the event.


14 Teams totaling over 100 participants braved the frigid waters of Long Island Sound - to meet their pledge to the sponsors. The money raised by the teams goes to support the Special Olympics New York.


“This Plunge helps fund 5,000 Special Olympics Athletes so they can compete cost free,” noted Cergol. “My thanks go out to our generous donors and the many plungers who braved cold waters to help provide those opportunities.”


The fundraising team that raised the most dollars was "The Chillers" raising $3,600.


Councilman Sal Ferro was the largest individual donor.


On event day it was announced the 2nd Annual Polar Plunge had raised $22,000 - beating last year’s fundraising total of $20,000.


Major sponsors included the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, John’s Crazy Socks, LaRoq Productions, and Yes Men Outfitters.


The next Polar Plunge on the North Shore of Long Island will be on Saturday Feb 4th at North Hempstead Beach Park 175 W Shore Drive, in Port Washington.

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