HWS community members joined the fight against cancer at 4 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 7, by splashing in frigid waters of Seneca Lake during this year’s Penguin Plunge. Organized by Hope House, the annual fundraising event donated the $1,222 raised by participants to provide financial aid for families fighting breast cancer in the Finger Lakes region.
“This year’s Penguin Plunge was very successful; faculty, students and staff were very supportive,” says Julie Kunzman ’15, who organized this year’s Penguin Plunge. “The best part of the event was watching the HWS community get cold for the cause!”
The Penguin Plunge drew nearly 100 “plungers” to Seneca Lake where they jumped into the icy water in a show of charitable support. Teams and clubs from campus came to brace the chilly water with commendable enthusiasm and creative costumes.
Kunzman, house manager for Hope House, urged students to wear costumes, and worked with Sodexo and the College Store to offer prizes for costumes.
All the event proceeds went to Embrace Your Sisters. A partnership exists between the organization and HWS through Hope House, which is dedicated to promoting cancer awareness and doing volunteer work for the cause. Embrace Your Sisters is located in Ontario County and funds emergency care to families in need of assistance when facing cancer, including medical bills and other necessary expenses.
According to Kunzman, participants signed a waiver to jump. It cost $5 to participate in the actual plunge. Those who did not wish to jump in the water had the opportunity to sponsor someone else or an entire group for $5. Organizers sold $2 candy cane goodie bags in Scandling Campus Center, with the chance to receive a goodie bag with a ticket for a free plunge.
The HWS community participated in this exciting experience, making a difference in fighting breast cancer. Transportation was provided from campus to the site of the plunge. Two vans shuttled from Medbery Parking Lot to the state park. Event organizers encouraged attendees to dress in a warm costume because the fweather was around 40 degrees.
For more information, visit the Penguin Plunge 2012 Facebook page.