Monroe’s Penguin Plunge to come back with a splash this April

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MONROE, CT — After two warm, dry years, the Penguin Plunge welcomes participants to another dip in the icy waters of Great Hollow Lake on April 2.

The event is Monroe police officers’ biggest fundraiser in support of the more than 12,000 athletes of all abilities, who participate in the sports training and competitions Special Olympics Connecticut offers year-round.

“We were unable to do it the last two years because of COVID,” said Monroe Police Sgt. Pete Howard, who organizes the event. “We’re looking for any corporate businesses, who want to become a sponsor.”

Sponsors names will be printed on the T-shirts for the Plunge.

Howard said the event will also include a K-9 demonstration and free food from town restaurants.

Businesses interested in being a sponsor and restaurants who want to donate food should call Howard at the Monroe Police Department’s general phone number, 203-261-3622, or email him at [email protected]

On April 2, registration will start at 10 a.m., the plunge will be at noon and an awards ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. This year’s event will offer both in-person and virtual Penguin Plunge options.

All are invited to participate in the Plunge, including individuals, friends and families, and teams representing schools, businesses, organizations and clubs.

To join in the fun, participants must be at least eight-years-old and need to raise a minim um of $100. In addition to the awards for top fundraisers and best costume, participants receive incentive prizes for their fundraising efforts. Spectators are welcome.

Registration information can be found online by clicking here.

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