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Freezin’ for a reason at the Paupack Plunge


February 5, 2014

GREENTOWN, PA — The third annual Paupack Plunge, where plungers will be “freezin’ for a reason,” will be held at the Lighthouse Harbor Marina on Route 507 on Saturday, February 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event benefits the Tafton Water Rescue Team and the Ledgedale Dive Team.

The idea is to bring many brave people to the lake’s frigid waters to “plunge” for a good cause. This unique charity event will raise money and awareness for two local dive and rescue teams. Last year, about 152 people participated, raising $6,000.

The plungers will only go in up to their shoulders with members of the Tafton Water Rescue Team assisting people in the water. About 15 to 20 people can plunge every half hour.

To get started, potential plungers must first register and provide a minimum donation of $25. Early registration is encouraged to secure a spot. Plungers can donate the money themselves, or find local businesses or individuals to sponsor them. In addition, area businesses are encouraged to donate door prizes for the event. Prizes will also be awarded to the plungers who raise the most money.

Each plunger will be presented with an official Paupack Plunge T-shirt, complete with the event’s logo of a walrus wearing a scarf amid ice cubes with the words “Paupack Plunge” covered in ice. T-shirts will be available to purchase that day to anyone else.

People can take a break from the cold and warm up inside the marina where local musicians will provide live entertainment and refreshments will be available. In addition, there will be special Plunge Day sales in the marina showroom and the Ship’s Store.

Anyone is welcome to come and watch the event. Last year, spectators and participants really got into the light-hearted nature of the charity by dressing up in costume, which is encouraged again this year. Carpooling is highly suggested due to limited parking. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver and be present during the plunge.

To register and find out what you will need to prepare for the plunge, visit www.paupackplunge.com or call 570/857-0220. People can also register at the door the day of the event. Local businesses and individuals interested in being a sponsor can call this number or email paupackplunge@lighthouseharbor.com. Lighthouse Harbor Marina is accepting cash, credit card, or a check made out to The Paupack Plunge.