What better way to warm the hearts of those in need this winter than by getting chilly? The Penguin Plunge, sponsored by HWS’s Hope House, took place on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 at Seneca Lake State Park to benefit “Embrace Your Sisters,” which gives emergency funding for medical bills, groceries, and other necessary expenses to those affected by breast cancer in Ontario County.
Campus celebrities such as Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Susan Pliner, Vice President for Enrollment Management Bob Murphy, and General Manager of Dining Services Lynn Pelkey agreed to take the plunge for a good cause. Joseph “Showtime Joe” Hatfield was also be in attendance as a sponsor of the event, along with many other faculty and staff. Various athletic teams, including the William Smith swim team, Hobart lacrosse team, and the sailing team supported the event by taking the plunge into Seneca Lake.
The event was spearheaded by Caroline Dosky ’12 and Emily Rogowski ’12, co-managers of Hope House. The two share a passion for community service, which brought them together during their high school years in Trumbull, Conn. Now sophomores, the two have made service-learning an integral part of their college experience as co-managers of Hope House, a theme house devoted to raising awareness and volunteering for the cause of curing cancer. Though only in its first year, Hope House has already sponsored speakers on campus, volunteered for the Gilda’s Club of Rochester’s (a cancer organization for children and their families), took part in the Making Strides Walk, and educated members of campus through their Stall Wall and Remembrance Posters.
“We want Hope House to be active on campus,” explains Rogowski, an English major with a Media and Society minor who takes part in swim team, Rising Stars, and A Perfect Third.
“The Penguin Plunge an extremely different kind of event,” agrees Dosky, a psychology major with a minor in child advocacy. She is involved in the Teacher Certification Program and Koshare.