On Saturday March 18, 2006 the Special Olympics New York – Long Island Region held a major fund raising
event at Bar Beach in the Town of North Hempstead. It was the 2nd Annual Polar Plunge which was
organized to raise funds in support of the Special Olympic athletes.
actively supported by the Fraternal Order of Police. This year Nassau County Lodge 25 was proud to
be a sponsor of the event.
Over (40) volunteers, including Lodge Member Joe Branzetti, jumped into the icy waters of Hempstead
Harbor in an effort to raise money for the organization which provides for Special Olympic athletes and their
families to participate in sporting events with NO COST to them.
At days end, over $20,000 was generated for the New York Special Olympics. Lodge 25 was proud to more
than triple last year's total and raised over $4,000! Many Thank's to all of you who donated to this truly
worthwhile cause and special thanks to Joe Branzetti for volunteering a 2nd year to not only represent
Lodge 25, but help raise money for these athletes.
Lodge 25 President Bob Lucente and NYS Executive Vice
President/National Trustee Charlie Caputo
|The Polar Plunge Bear carousing the parking lot.
|The FOP trailer was on hand and lots of hot cocoa and
coffee for Lodge members who attended. Notice the Polar
Plunge Bear hanging around for food!
|A couple of undercover anti-crime guys were on hand to
keep the riffraff out.
|Bob Lucente in custody and and charged with were later
dropped when Special Olympic chairpeople vouched for his
authenticity and good nature.
|The traditional "Polar Plunge Huddle" aka
"Last Chance To Bail Out!"
|Notice that it takes a child to lead these brave souls down to
|Joe Branzetti (out of uniform) in front of the flags.
|Whee......is this fun!!??
|Not fun, let's get out of here!
|The "all wet" anti-crime cops (so was their collar!)
|Here's the Polar Plunge Bear posing as a hockey player.
He says he'll play for food!
|The Polar Plunge Bear trying to get a handout from some
kids. Good thing the parents were on hand to stop them.
|Karen D'Andrea, Special Olympics - Director of
Development and Lodge President Bob Lucente
|Karen D'Andrea, Bob Lucente and Kevin McDonald, Event
|WBAB (102.3FM) radio show host "Fingers"
volunteered his time to help the cause and vowed
to take the "plunge" next year!
He is truly a child advocate - Thank You Fingers!
|Karen D'Andrea and Fingers - Wait till Next Year!
|2nd Annual Polar Plunge
March 18, 2006
Over $20,000 Raised
To Benefit The
Special Olympics New York