Last Friday, more than 140 students, faculty and staff members braved the frigid December waters of Seneca Lake for HWS’ first “Penguin Plunge.”
Organized and planned by Hope House co-managers Caroline Dosky ’12 and Emily Rogowski ’12, the event raised more than $2,000, with participants including the Hope House and the Red Cross House; campus celebrities such as Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Assessment Susan Pliner, Vice President of Enrollment Management Bob Murphy, General Manager of Dining Services Lynn Pelkey, Professor of Education Charlie Temple and Director of Alumnae Relations Kathy Regan ’82, P’13; and William Smith soccer and swimming and diving teams, the Hobart lacrosse team and the HWS sailing and crew teams.
“And money is still coming in!” says Dosky, a psychology major with a minor in child advocacy. “Overall, the event was such a great success. Emily and I were amazed at the number of people who jumped as well as the number of supporters who went out of their way to cheer, fundraise and make the event very special for those of us who jumped.”
More than 100 spectators turned out for the event, which was held to support Embrace Your Sisters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people in the Finger Lakes region (Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties) with emergency funds when faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer. The organization has agreed to give the donation to a person(s) from Ontario County.
Having nurtured a passion for community service during their high school years in Trumbull, Conn., Dosky and Rogowski 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 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 as active as possible, on campus and off,” explains Rogowski, an English major with a media and society minor who is a member of the Heron swim team, Rising Stars and A Perfect Third.
“People were so eager to jump and were truly excited about the cause, which was incredible to watch,” says Dosky. “We are hoping to make the event an annual tradition at HWS because who does not want to jump for an excellent cause on a cold, windy, snowy December afternoon on the last day of classes?”