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Allegany County Public Schools receive a check for $29,220 from Hooley Plunge representatives during a Cumberland Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday. Pictured, from left, are Rob Adams, Hooley co-chair; Mia Cross, Allegany County Public Schools public information officer; Fort Hill High School students Chianne Bosely and Cody Beal; and Murray Gornall, Hooley co-chair. The money benefits SLE and Unified Sports programs in the school system.

CUMBERLAND — Murray Gornall and Rob Adams Jr. say they have some big shoes to fill.

Gornall, owner of Western Maryland Distributing, and Rob Adams Jr. of Adams Family Funeral Home in Cumberland, said Tuesday they will be the new co-chairs of the annual Hooley Plunge.

What Adams called "Sean's brainchild," the plunge was started by local dermatologist Dr. Sean McCagh of Western Maryland Dermatology.

In 12 years, it's raised more than $1 million for Special Olympics and other programs for the developmentally disabled in Allegany County, making it the area's largest single-day fundraising event. This year's event, the 13th annual, is scheduled for March 4.

"Rob and I are up to the challenge," Gornall said.

Adams said the position is "kind of intimidating."

"We don't know the names (participants) like Jim (Stafford, former co-chair) and Sean do," Adams said. "They have been doing it for over 12 years now. They know everyone's names, backgrounds, their histories and everything else. ...

Adams said the plunge is not just a "one-day benefit."

"It doesn't just benefit something for one day, it's year-round," Adams said.

The new co-chairs were announced during a meeting of the Cumberland Rotary Club held at the Cumberland Country Club.

Gornall said Western Maryland Distributing and Western Maryland Dermatology would match every $10,000 raised by the Rotary Club.

For every $100,000 raised, Jersey Mike's Subs will also match that for the next five years.

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