Hundreds Plunge into Frigid Hudson River for Sandy

BY ELISA TAYLOR

Hundreds plunge for those in need chanting USA!

With below freezing temperatures it was hard to watch many strip down to their bathing suits and prepare to plunge into the frigid Hudson River. With chants of USA, USA these fearless participants of all ages would not be denied in their quest to help those in need. What an amazing display of the great American spirit.

Over 1,000 spectators and participants braved the freezing temperatures this Sunday, February 3 for the Stony Point Seals 14th annual Polar Plunge.

The Stony Point Seals, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, who has historically raised money to help children of local families with exorbitant medical bills, switched gears this year to assist those residence who remain displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Owner of Gilligan's on the Hudson Gil Dimola (left) with spirited manager Gil Fantoni supporting the cause - Photo by Elisa Taylor

Gil Dimola, owner of Gilligan’s on The Hudson which served as the host site for the participants said, “We are honored to support the Stony Point Seals efforts to serve our local residences that are like family to us.” The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has been difficult for much of them and this event was very uplifting for everyone.” It’s important that they know we care,” Dimola said.

The event was well organized by the Seals with the support of local businesses and county officials such as Legislature Ed Day who is running for county executive, Sherriff Louis Falco, State Assemblyman James Skoufis, Stony Point Town Supervisor Geoff Finn and Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips, who were all in attendance.

Hats off to the the Stony Point Seals and God Bless America!