Members of the HWS community will plunge into the chilly waters of Seneca Lake State Park at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. This year, Hope House organizers plan to spice it up at bit asking participants to come dressed in costume to break the waters first. A winner, chosen by HWS faculty and staff judges, will receive a prize.
The Penguin Plunge was created three years ago by the members of the Cancer Awareness Theme House with an aspiration to get people involved for a cause while having fun. The annual event has been a huge success with up to 150 people participating each year.
Emily Rogowski ’12, Hope House manager, vouches for the experience and the necessary adrenaline.
“I’ve personally participated in the Penguin Plunge twice, and it’s actually an incredible feeling to not only put on the event, but to be able to say that you participated with your team, club, or group on campus,” she said.
With a quick jump in the lake, students (and even some faculty and staff!) have a chance to be involved. Each participant donates $5 to Embrace Your Sisters, a breast cancer organization located in Ontario County that gives emergency funding to families affected by breast cancer. Some will plunge as a club, sports team, or a class. Others will take a dive alongside classmates who are just as brave!
Looking for more info? Check out the Penguin Plunge 2011 Facebook page, and follow the event on twitter: #TakeThePlunge11.