Plunge benefits youth in Juniata Valley community

To the editor:

The Juniata Valley YMCA’s third annual Polar Plunge was held Jan 12 at Greenwood Furnace State Park. More than 200 people including spectators, staff, volunteers and plungers made the trek to watch a total of 37 people, including two Little Dippers, take the plunge into 40-degree water to raise funds for youth in the community.

All proceeds generated through the event are designated toward supporting Y youth programs and activities and purchasing of supplies for the Y youth programs. By raising money, the Y then is able to continue offering programs for kids in the community at a lower cost.

Top corporate teams:

1. Nittany Paper Mill – $1,200

2. Standard Steel – $1,090

3. Jarden – $729

Top individuals:

1. Allison Besch – $215

2. John Sipe – $154

3. Randi Henry – $151

Non-corporate teams:

1.Rick Williams – $462 (winner of non-corporate teams day of event.)

2.Seven Mountains Jeeps – $267

Other outstanding teams:

1. Team Marsha – $1,261

Corporate/organization contributors: Geisinger, Trinity, Burger King, Rich Coast Coffee, McDonalds, Yoder’s Tees and More, Bender’s Tees, Domino’s, Water Front, Giant Store, Wildlife Landscapes, Downtown OIP and Seven Mountains Conservation Corp.

The Plunge has continued to grow each year with anticipation that next more corporate teams and individuals within the community will continue to see the value in supporting the YMCA by helping to generate funds for youth programs.

Strengthening community is the Y’s cause. Every day, the Y works side-by-side with neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn and grow. The Juniata Valley YMCA would like to thank the community, all individuals, corporate teams and contributors for their support in making this a great event once again for the youth in the community.

Amy Reed