Fishkill Correctional Facility Local President Ed Timberger, who serves as Southern Region Veterans Committee chair, was one of over 30 members and friends raising money for the Special Olympics.

FISHKILL — More than 30 CSEA members and friends took the plunge Feb. 24 into the freezing waters at Sharpe Reservation as part of a fundraiser for Special Olympics New York that has become an annual tradition across the state for the past decade.

As this edition went to press, total fundraising proceeds for this year’s Fishkill Polar Plunge were at $130,342 and counting, according to Special Olympics. Our CSEA team raised nearly $3,000, though donations were still being collected following the event.

The CSEA member turnout in support of the plunge participants was impressive, as many regular attendees were in New York City that same morning for the Day of Action rally. Pawling School District Unit President Jeff Stevens and Beacon School District Unit President Emilio Giordano oversaw the CSEA setup at Sharpe Reservation, setting up a stand with chili and hot dogs for the brave volunteers taking the plunge.

— Jessica Ladlee


Poughkeepsie School District Unit member Teresa Rivette emerges from the chilly water after taking the Fishkill Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics.

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Therese Assalian

Therese has been working as the Capital Region Communications Specialist since 2002 handling all facets of internal and external communications for the region. Therese started her career at a Madison Avenue Public Relations firm and held several positions in public relations, marketing and event planning in corporate and non-profit roles in New York and Pittsburgh prior to moving to the Capital Region in 1999. Therese holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Studies and is also a published freelance writer on travel, food and the arts.

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