Liam St Liam takes the plunge

Pennsic Independent photographer Liam St. Liam of the East Kingdom will take the plunge again - his eighth - for the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New York.

In New York, the Special Olympics Polar Plunge involves jumping into icy Lake George. According to the website, supporters and hecklers are welcome.

Liam writes:

For some of you, this will be the fourth year in a row you have seen this.

For those of you who have known me for less than a year, you’re now part of an annual tradition – a request for donations to Special Olympics New York.

On Nov. 19, I will dive into Lake George – with family,friends and several hundred other nutcakes – as part of the annual Polar Plunge.

Last year, our team – Agni Dentati ("Sheep With Teeth") – raised nearly US$5,000, and we have regularly been one of the top teams at this Plunge.

I have been fortunate – with help from my friends – to be able to finish as the top individual fund-raiser – on at least one occasion. I’ve been around Special Olympics since high school.

I was blessed to have met t Jack O’Keefe, who helped get the Connecticut Special Olympics started, when I was a young sports writer, and I have had the good fortune to have covered the Connecticut State Special Olympics twice and covered the World Special Olympics when they were in Connecticut in 1995.

If you can make a donation, I would consider it a personal favor. Everyone who donates will be entered in a raffle for Special Olympics gear and other prizes.

I will post pictures of the Plunge after it is over. Thank you for your consideration.

Also, here is an invitation to join our team.

If you can get up to Lake George, NY, and want to take part in the Plunge with us.

If you raise $250, the Holiday Inn Lake George will give you a room for the night before the Plunge. We will be having a get-together after the Plunge.

There is a really cool addition this year, and you don’t even have to come to the event.

The Plunge is adding a “Chicken Coop” for those who don’t want to plunge. If you’re in the "Chicken Coop,” you can raise money and earn the rewards, but you do not have to plunge. If you do go to the event, you will get to sit in a special viewing area with special food and beverages.

Bill Toscano/Liam St. Liam

The team and donation links are online. (See below)

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