Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

March 9, 2013

Thanks to Hooley Plungers

On March 2 at Rocky Gap State Park, 900 special people “plunged” for special reasons.

Jake Reynolds, our World Special Olympics Gold medalist and Hooley Plunge King plunged to thank all his supporters.

Jake and Doug Schwab turned a $5,000 challenge into $10,000. Michael Nelson plunged for the Cumberland Rotary and helped them raise over $10,000 for our local developmentally disabled.

Skip Miller and Darren Bosley plunged for their daughters Chelsea and Cheyane. Mike Calhoun and Steve Wilson plunged as principals for Allegany and South Penn schools.

Officer Dave “I love the Steelers” Broadwater, lost a bet, raised over $1,000 for Cumberland Outdoor Club, and wore a Baltimore Ravens jersey with his head painted purple into the Plunge! So many teachers and students from the Allegany County public schools went in that I can’t name or thank them all. Everyone had their special reasons for doing the Plunge!

While everyone complains about taxes, sequesters, gas prices and the cost of living everyone year they still come together to support Allegany County Special Olympics and our local developmentally disabled.

The Allegany, Fort Hill, Mountain Ridge, Career Center, Bishop Walsh and Calvary High School students led the way for all their feeder schools.

Braddock, Mount Savage, Washington and Westmar Middle Schools led the way for all the elementary schools. Beall, Bel Air, Cash Valley, Westernport, Cresaptown, Flintstone, Frost, Georges Creek, John Humbird, Northeast, Parkside, South Penn and West Side all had teachers and students who “pledged or plunged”

Ask any student in Allegany County public schools why they plunged and they will all tell you they did it for special reasons. They did it for their special “best buddies” or for SHOP, Students Helping Other People.

They plunged to support the kids they go to school with. They did it for Inclusion Sports, Special Olympics in our high schools. They did it for their classmates and friends. They did it because they care.

Dr. Cox, the Allegany County public schools superintendent, won the “Chazz Offutt Community Service Award” for the 9th Annual Hooley Plunge.

He led the way for all the teachers, staff and students in the school system. He also helped raise awareness all month long leading up to the Plunge. All the county schools were well represented.

Bishop Walsh came out strong with their whole basketball team plunging together, from first grade to 12th they went in as a Sea of Burgundy.

There were waves of Roll Tide Red, Royal Blue, Black and Red Miners, and Calvary Blue. Rivals 364 out of 365 plunging together one day a year. The Fort Hill, Allegany and Mountain Ridge Cheerleaders led us in a group Hooley Plunge Cheer and marked our thermometer up over $100,000 together.

When the last plunger came out we had over $111,000.00 and still collecting! That’s excellent community service from our students and their mentors. Job well done!

A special thanks to Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort who made us feel very at home Friday night for the Shanty Irish Pre-Freeze party as well as the Saturday morning Pre-Plunge Breakfast.

The Army of Alhambra did an outstanding job once again. Registering 900 Plungers in three hours. Feeding the hungry and trying to keep everyone as warm as possible. Alhambra’s Brad Stafford won the Hooley Plunge Unsung Hero award for the “Millions” of things he does all year to run the Plunge.

There is no way to properly thank everyone who helped. To our sponsors and challenge leaders thank you. No matter how cold it is. No matter how wet we get.

We all still do it for our own special reasons. Thanks to everyone who plunged or pledged. Thank you 111,000 times.

Sean McCagh

2013 Hooley Plunge chairman

Cumberland

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • Time to do it Time to do it

    It never made sense that criminal background checks were not made on medical license applications in Maryland. Fortunately — for the protection everybody — the background investigations may soon be a matter of routine.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Get involved Get involved

    Cumberland residents who want to make an impact on their community have an opportunity in that the city is seeking applicants for five of its boards.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • If we don’t sell it to them, somebody else will

    The front page article on coal exports by AP writer Dina Cappiello is one of the most asinine and biased “news” articles I’ve read (“Not in my backyard: U.S. sending dirty coal abroad,” July 29 Times-News, Page 1A).

    July 30, 2014

  • Not a villain Not a villain

    Time was that we looked for heroes. Heroes of the make-believe variety have sold a lot of comic books. We also had real-life heroes like Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, whose deaths the whole nation mourned.
    These days, we seem to be more interested in looking for villains. “Vote for me because I’m the good guy” has taken a back seat to “Don’t vote for him, because he’s the bad guy.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • About time About time

    Although many Cumberland streets are in need of repair and improvements, the decision by city and county officials to address Greene Street is a good one.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where is it?

    Once upon a time, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce held its annual conventions at the Bedford Springs resort hotel near Bedford, which is in Pennsylvania.

    July 28, 2014

  • Korean War Korean War

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sloppy lawmaking is to blame

    July 27, 2014

  • C-minus grade C-minus grade

    If a survey conducted by Thumbtack.com and the Kaufman Foundation is an accurate portrayal, Maryland has a long way to go to become a business-friendly state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Big loophole Big loophole

    How ironic — and how sad — that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plans a closed executive session to discuss the open meetings law.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story