Planning for this year's Penguin Plunge in full swing
By GRETYL MACALASTER
Union Leader Correspondent | January 19. 2014 5:43PM
Christine Brown of Nashua took last year's Penguin Plunge theme of “Going to the Chapel” seriously, running into the frigid waters of Hampton Beach up to her knees in her own wedding dress to help raise funds for the Special Olympics of New Hampshire. (GRETYL MACALASTER PHOTO)
The plunge has become the largest fundraiser for the statewide organization, which is part of an international movement to change lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide.
"Participating in the Penguin Plunge is an exciting way for people, businesses and high schools to raise money for the athletes of the Special Olympics," Mary Conroy, president of SONH, said. "The support we receive from the community through this event helps us provide year-round sports training and competition to 5,608 participants in the state."
The sixth annual high school plunge will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1, followed by the main event on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Those not interested in braving the icy waters of the Atlantic can participate as "pampered penguins" and watch from the sidelines.
SONH was founded in 1970 with the first state summer games at Phillips Exeter Academy.
More information about how to register for the plunges is available at www.sonh.org or by calling 624-1250.