By unpopular demand, the Winsted Penguin Plunge 2020, which had been scheduled for March 7th, has been canceled.
This would have been the 17th year of an event that has raised over $1.1 million for Special Olympics Connecticut. In recent history, the Plunge raised $90,000 per year- and now it’s gone.
“Due to a low number of registrants” was the website reason for pulling the plug.
That’s the bad news.
But apparently some of the team participants from past years, high school, grade school, scouts, first responder teams, the ones who raised the big bucks, chose to sign up with other Connecticut Plunges instead. The money for CT Special Olympics didn’t disappear, it just shifted.
And that’s the good news.
Polar Plunges and other fundraising events in Connecticut support 12,000 to 13,000 Special Olympic athletes in the state with training and equipment in 26 different year-round sports. Special Olympics remains one of the most beloved and popular charities in the nation and beyond.
So if you had been planning to do the Plunge again in Winsted this year, you can still satisfy your cold water cravings at six other CT Plunge locations over the next few weeks. You can find them here: https://www.soct.org/.
And if you are particularly masochistic you can take part in the Pittsfield Super Plunge March 28th and 29th ( This one supports Special Olympics Massachusetts). There you can jump into icy water once every hour for 24 straight hours. Now that’s dedication!