1st Annual Polar Plunge
March 5, 2005

Over $6,000 Raised

To Benefit The
Special Olympics New York
Although other areas host a Polar Plunge fundraiser, this was the 1st year the
Long Island Region of the Special Olympics New York hosted the event.
Bob Lucente presents Lodge 25 donation to Jeanne
Mesick, Torch Run Liaison, with Lodge Member Joe
Branzetti and athletes Cindy Grilotti and Matthew Pope.
Joe Branzetti with happy athletes.
A smiling Joe in the snow before he realized he really
did have to "plunge" into the icy waters.
11 "Polar Plungers" gather together.
The "Plunger Huddle"
"On hut 4 we all run for the parking lot!"
We did it!!!
(Joe is in the background slowly walking
over to hijack the kyack)
"Lets get oughta here!"
"Whoa, is that a snake in the water?"
Lodge President Bob Lucente with Town of North
Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman
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Nassau County Lodge 25
On Saturday March 5, 2005 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 1st  Annual Polar Plunge which was
organized to raise funds in support of the Special Olympic athletes.

The
"Polar Plunge" is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event which takes place around the world and is
actively supported by the Fraternal Order of Police.  Members of
Nassau County Lodge 25 proudly
represented the
NYS FOP and participated in the event.

Eleven (11) 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
$6,000 was generated for S.O.N.Y. with Lodge 25 being the largest single contributor
donating
$1,305!  Many Thank's to all of you who donated to this truly worthwhile cause!

Lodge 25 plans to make this an annual major fund raiser and Lodge President Bob Lucente and Member
Tom McGovern have accepted an invitation by S.O.N.Y. - Long Island Region to be part of the Planning
Committee for next years event.   Additional volunteers and ideas are most welcomed.