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Cheshire's 1st Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Cheshire Community YMCA Penguin Plunge started with an idea from the Southington Community YMCA’s Polar Plunge - People jumping into freezing water to raise funds for our Annual Campaign.  Based on the success Southington has had, we wanted to have a similar event here in Cheshire. We started with a cute penguin as our mascot and the idea of jumping into Mixville pond in February.

The weather in early 2015 started out cold and then the snow started to fall with a vengeance.  Mixville Park looked like a winter wonderland. Our brave penguins where determined to jump in to the frigid water, but we were in the middle of the coldest month ever recorded in Connecticut and the ice was getting thicker and thicker.

The day had come when we need to make the decision to either cancel the fundraiser event or come up with a plan B. During the summer of 2014, there was a great fundraiser idea going around:   the Ice Bucket Challenge. Our group decided to meet up a Mixville Park and take on our very own bucket challenge.

All of our volunteers, staff and community leaders came out for a fun-filled but ice cold morning. Everyone came with their best costumes. We had men with blond wigs and tutus. Our camp director wore her shorts and camp T-shirt, and our Branch Director came out with her shorts, tank top and angels wings. Buckets where filled with ice cold water and snow, and everyone lined up. It started like a domino effect. Not even the snow and cold could stop people away from donating their time for a great cause.

With the help of our volunteers and staff, the YMCA was able to raise over $9,000.00 for our Annual Campaign.  For information about this year’s Bucket Challenge, contact Monica Napolitano at mnapolitano@sccymca.org.

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