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Swimmers gather in Copake to plunge for Coarc

Feb 25, 2013 6:29 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="326"] Swimmers prepare to plunge into Upper Rhodia Pond in Copake to benefit Coarc, Saturday. (Jess Puglisi)[/caption]

The Fifth Annual Coarc Polar Plunge was held at Upper Rhoda Pond in Copake, Sat., Feb. 23. The event raised nearly $11,000 for the 47-year-old organization that provides programs and services for people with disabilities. The Plunge featured the most registered teams to date, and more than 50 registered plungers. Groups participating included the Germantown National Honor Society and Junior Honor Society, the Columbia-Greene Human Services Club, the Coxsackie-Athens Little League and the Coxsackie-Athens Girls' Basketball Team. The Copake Community Rescue Squad and the Greenport Rescue Dive Team oversaw participants' safety, by providing divers and other first response personel and equipment. Congressman Chris Gibson was among the first group of plungers. State Assemblyman Pete Lopez arrived late and plunged solo. The informal record for the longest plunge was shared by Mike Molinski, Nick Alger, Nick Morabito, and an unnamed third swimmer. Following the dive, participants and spectators enjoyed donated food from local vendors, including Tracy Holsapple's chili, which placed third in the Hudson Valley Bounty Cook-off in October. -- Jess Puglisi PLAY REPORT (5:30)