BREWERTON — The CSEA Region 5 Polar Peeps were recently ‘freezin’ for a reason’ at the 2021 Oneida Shores Polar Plunge.
The team was excited to be together again after having to virtually plunge-in-place in 2020. CSEA was recognized as a sponsor of the event, which raises money for the Special Olympics New York.
Both the frigid waters of Oneida Lake and the thermometer outside read below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The Polar Peeps were one of the highest fundraising teams at the event, raising nearly $10,000.
Donations are still being accepted online. Find the CSEA Region 5 Polar Plunge team page here: http://events.nyso.org/goto/ CSEARegion5PolarPeeps.
CSEA’s Polar Peeps Team members who attended include Central Region President Kenny Greenleaf; Central Region 1st Vice President Betty Jo Johnson; Central Region 3rd Vice President Catrina Leone; Central Region Secretary Michele Martin; Oneida County Educational Employees Local President John Brown; Onondaga County Local President Dan Vadala; Southern Tier State Employees Local President Andrew Maroney; Madison County Local 1st Vice President Karen Bright and Syracuse Area Retirees Local Treasurer Lori Nilsson.
CSEA has a proud tradition of participating in Polar Plunge events across the state to raise money for Special Olympics, over the last 13 years raising more than $330,000. Many individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who participate in Special Olympics events are cared for by CSEA members working in the field.
— Nicholas Newcomb