FREEZIN FOR A REASON! Highlights!
FREEZIN FOR A REASON 2019
Written by Kirk East, KHS Sr.
On Saturday, February 23rd the Y hosted their 1st annual Polar Plunge event. Participants took a plunge into the lake at Camp Seewackamano, located in Shokan, NY. Camp Seewackamano is one of the Y’s most popular of three summer camps and is open to children entering Kindergarten through the 9th grade. Most of their campers return each year to enjoy another camp experience with well trained staff, playing fields, hiking trails and a range of activities geared towards learning the Y’s core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.
The plunge was absolutely made for those who needed an adrenaline boost. It was exhilarating for those who actually went into the lake and it was all for a good cause. This event will be one of the Y’s annual fund raisers in which all proceeds go to supporting the Y’s facility upgrades and the Strong Kids Fund. The Strong Kids Fund serves as a financial resource for children who are not able to afford camp. There are a few other fund raisers that assist with the Strong Kids Fund, but the Y is expecting that the Polar Plunge will be a significant one in the future. As a first time fund raising event, the Y managed to raise about $2,400 from the Polar Plunge. The turnout was fantastic! There were roughly 50 people total in attendance… Not bad for the Y’s very first Polar Plunge!
Ulster County businesses came out to support as well. Bread Alone Bakery generously donated many baked goods and coffee and a team of plungers! Casa Villa Mexican Restaurant, Friends of Kevin Cahill, Hudson Valley Septic Service, Hunter Mountain, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits, Turn Up the Beet and 99 Restaurant and Pub all showed up to support their local YMCA.
One participant shared “As a current Y member, I know for a fact that the Y welcomes and appreciates all the support that if gets back from its community. This is one organization that is absolutely community strong, it gives to the community and the community also gives back to the organization. For that very reason, I try to support as many of these events as I can, even just by showing up and I encourage everyone to do the same.”
In closing, the Camp Director, Cailin Rooney thanked all that supported the first time event, and l urges everyone to be on the look out for information on next year’s event. “Your support of the YMCA in their efforts to make our community a better place is welcomed everyday at any time.” Rooney stated.