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 We’re Freezin’ For a Reason: Join the Polar Plunge!
The 2016-17 Polar Plunge season has kicked off, and we are continuing our commitment to supporting the Special Olympics of New York.
CSEA has a long relationship with the Special Olympics, as nearly 20,000 of our members work in the developmental disabilities field. Many of our members are involved with helping Special Olympics athletes train and prepare for participation.
We urge you to join — or form — a CSEA team in your area. Visit today to learn more or get started.
Some events for the 2016-17 season have already passed, but there are more events to participate in or donate to this winter. Here are the remaining events:
2017 Polar Plunges
Rochester – 17th Annual Polar Plunge at Ontario Beach Park: Feb. 12, 9 a.m. – Noon
Fishkill – 19th Annual Polar Plunge at Sharpe Reservation, Camp Mariah: Feb. 12, 9 a.m – 2 p.m.
North Hempstead – 13th Annual Polar Plunge at North Hempstead Beach Park: March 4, 10 a.m. – Noon Oyster Bay – 4th Annual Polar Plunge at TOBAY Beach: March 18, 9:30 am – 11:30 a.m.
Ithaca – Details TBA. March 25.
Rockaways – 3rd Annual Rockaways Polar Plunge at Jacob Riis Park Bay: March 25, 10:00 am – Noon
On the cover, CSEA Central Region Judiciary Local activists Don Lynskey, left, and Ian Spencer, right, hold up Ian Spencer Jr. as they all take the Polar Plunge into Oneida Lake with the CSEA Region 5 Polar Peeps team. Nearly three dozen CSEA members and their friends got bold in the cold, taking the Polar Plunge into Oneida Lake on a very chilly December day, raising more than $12,000 to support the athletes who participate
in Special Olympics. It was the ninth time CSEA activists have participated in the plunge, which celebrated its 10th anniversary plunge this year.
CSEA Capital Region members had a chilly, fun
time plunging into Lake George for the recent Polar Plunge there. The CSEA Seals helped raise money to help area Special Olympics athletes. Above, from top photo, plungers return to the beach from their dip
in the water: Albany County Local 1st Vice President Jeff Decker, State Executive Local Secretary State Executive Local Vice President Mark Cortes and State Executive Local Secretary Loreen Caldwell. WorkForce
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                  CSEA members take the plunge
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      For more information and to register or donate, visit
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  Photo by Mark M. Kotzin

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