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VIDEO: Residents Take the Inaugural Penguin Plunge

Organizers say plunge raised about $1,000 for Regional Day School

Residents braved the 40 degree waters of Harry Wright Lake Sunday afternoon for the inaugural Penguin Plunge. 

The plunge, subtitled Penguins with a Purpose, was held to raise funds for Regional Day School's prom and graduation. On Monday afternoon, donations topped $3,400, said Municipal Alliance coordinator Marianne Borthwick. 

Borthwick was the first plunger to hit the water.

"It was very, very cold," she said. "But it was OK. It was worth it. For those students, it was worth every minute of it."

Organizers said that they hope the event can become a tradition that grows each year.

Supporters included Regional Day School students, staff and families, township officials, board of education and public works, the Manchester's Police Athletic League and PBA 246, the township office of emergency management, Manchester Fire Department, and Whiting's first aid squad and fire department. 

John McCarthy April 02, 2012 at 01:04 PM
WE Thank everyone who came out to Plunge, and to support our Penguins. A great day for RDS. Many Thanks John & Linda McCarthy PS: SEE YA NEXT YEAR!
John April 02, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Saw some of Manchester Finest supporting the cause. Good Job MPD.
Michael Rosenberg April 02, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Those young men were very enthusiastic and did a great job!!! Always a great job by MPD.
Mark Wendell April 02, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Great job everybody!!

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