Farmingville, NY – On November 18, the Town of Brookhaven and the Special Olympics of New York hosted the eighth annual “Polar Plunge: Freezin’ for a Reason” at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai. Nearly 800 plungers, including Councilwoman Jane Bonner and many Town employees, braved the cold water of the Long Island Sound to collectively raise over $140,000 for the Special Olympics of New York. Councilwoman Bonner, who led the “Frozen Eagles Team” at the plunge, helped to raise over $3,000 for the Special Olympics.Pictured left to right are athletes Karen Esposito, Michael Kessler and Matthew Schuster; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; athletes TJ Timmons and Daniel Fletcher.Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “Congratulations to the Special Olympics of New York for another successful Polar Plunge. I commend the volunteers, plungers, Town employees, police, fire and ambulance staff who worked so hard to help make this event a big success.”Photo at left are “Frozen Eagles” team members Frankie Anzaldi (left), Councilwoman Bonner (center) and Quentin Palifka (right) celebrating their successful plunge.Councilwoman Bonner said, “The Polar Plunge is such a great opportunity to help make a difference in someone’s life. This was my ninth Polar Plunge and I am always inspired by the Special Olympic athletes and volunteers who make this event a success every year.”Special Olympics New York, Long Island Region has 4,000 athletes training and competing year-round in 22 Olympics-style sports. The athletes and their families or caregivers are never charged to participate. It costs $400 to support training and competition for one athlete for one sports season. For more information about the Special Olympics New York, go to www.specialolympicsny.org.
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