Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

February 23, 2013

You can Plunge or pledge

On March 2, come out and support the 9th Annual Hooley Plunge at Rocky Gap State Park.

We hope to have over 1,000 plungers brave the waters of Lake Habeeb with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and the Plunge at 1 p.m.

Come watch your family, friends and community support Allegany County Special Olympics and our local developmentally disabled. If you support Special Olympics, BSA Troop 89 or any of the Allegany County School programs for the developmentally disabled, the Plunge is made for you.

Last year over 700 made the dip and over 6000 watched from the shore. Don’t miss this year’s Hooley Plunge!

Eight years ago 30 Plungers raised $15,000. The last two years we have gone over $100,000 and keep growing. Cumberland Rotary Members helped raise over $10,000 last year and are on track to go over that number again this year.

Allegany High School freshman Mike Nelson will Plunge as the Junior Rotary representative this year and is well on the way to his challenge.

Several businesses and schools are organizing their Plunge teams. This year we have the Knippenberg Nationwide Insurance Challenge. Knippenberg Insurance will match up to $1,000 the school that raises the most money.

South Penn Principal Steve Wilson has challenged several staff members to see who can raise the most money.

Whoever wins does not have to Plunge! There are all kinds of incentives to Plunge but the best is to help our community. All the money stays in Allegany County and helps our families and our friends.

If you have been to the Plunge you understand. If not, come  and watch 700 to 1,000 people rush into the water.

Watch the different schools gather in groups and Plunge together. A sea of Red and Black from Mountain Ridge, a sea of Red from Fort Hill, Burgundy from Bishop Walsh, Light Blue from Calvary and a sea of Royal Blue from Allegany.

Watch kids from Washington and Braddock middle schools follow the high school students. Then watch elementary students from all over the county try and keep up with the older kids. Come meet Jake Reynolds, this year’s Hooley Plunge King and our World Special Olympics Gold Medal winner! Come see and support all of them when they go in.

If you are a student in Allegany County, ask your teachers if they have envelopes and registration forms for the Plunge. Ask your family, neighbors and friends to pledge money if you do the Plunge.

Anyone can Plunge. You need to raise $50 to get a T-shirt and meal or $500 to get a sweatshirt and meal. If five people pledge $10 or 10 people pledge $5, you’re in. Truth is, with only little effort you can raise much more than the minimum.

Come out and join the Fort Hill, Allegany and Mountain Ridge cheerleaders in the Cheerleader challenge. If you cheer for the CAYFL, Pee Wee league or any team come out and go in with the high school cheerleaders. If you march in any of the school bands come out and march Into the Plunge!

Everyone supports Special Olympics and our developmentally disabled. This is your way to help. Plunge or pledge.   

This year we will be recognizing the Mountain Ridge State Champion bocce team. bocce is a Special Olympics Inclusion Sport in Maryland high schools. Last year, Allegany High School won the state championship, but this year, Mountain Ridge took top honors, keeping the title in Allegany County.

Let’s keep supporting our own. This is one day a year we all work together. Rivals 364 out of 365, but working together for Special Olympics one day a year!

Sean McCagh

Cumberland

Chairman, Hooley Plunge 2013

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