‘Penguin Plunge’ Benefit Held at Memorial Park in Nyack

BY BARRY WARNER

DSCN5819On Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. more than 100 people jumped into the very cold Hudson River waters during the benefit event. They proved their bravery and bragging rights, as they were cheered on by their many supporters and family members on the beach.

The seventh annual happening was organized by Blauvelt resident Barbara Noyes, Police Officer of the South Nyack Grandview Police Department and Mike Lynch of Pearl River. More than $125,000 has been raised to help families pay the medical bills of seriously ill children. This year, the proceeds raised will help Danny van Schaik, a Suffern Middle School seventh grader who has leukemia and Sangeetha John, a Tappan Zee High School senior, who has an inoperable brain tumor.

The individual acts of selflessness of the swimmers in this fundraiser made a difference in the community and helped change peoples’ lives for the better. Deeply appreciated tax deductible donations are payable to: Penguin Plunge, Inc. 150 Hoover Street, Blauvelt, N.Y. 10913.