Local Residents Make Waves at Penguin Plunge [GALLERY]

The temperature of Lake Quassy's waters drew cheers from the Penguin Plungers.


When an announcer at the Sunday, March 11, Penguin Plunge told everyone the temperature of the lake, cheers erupted from the crowd.

As of 11:42 p.m. Sunday, the temperature of Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury was a whopping 64 degrees.

The Penguin Plungers may have cheered then, but once they took a dip in the lake, those cheers turned to shouts of "It's so cold" or "What the heck?" from one of the youngest participants who took the plunge.

More than $59,000 was raised during this year's Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics of Connecticut. The event took place at .

Sam Mason was dubbed the Emperor Penguin and was the first person to take the plunge. Mason's goal was to raise $2,000 for the Special Olympics. Instead, he beat his goal and raised the highest amount raised by one person, at $2,523.80.

According to Mason's fundraising page on the Special Olympics of Connecticut website, this year's Penguin Plunge is his fourth time jumping into Lake Quassy.

Oxford Special Olympics raised more than $4,000 this year.

The costumes were colorful at the Penguin Plunge, from the Spillane family of Watertown who dressed as The Addams Family to nurses dressed in scrubs to men and women dressed in grass skirts.

Did you participate in the Penguin Plunge? Tell us how much you raised in the comments section and if you have photos of the event, add them to the gallery.

Be sure to 'like' Woodbury-Middlebury Patch on Facebook to view the rest of the photos taken at the Penguin Plunge and if you see yourself, tag yourself.

lou March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Thank You Naugatuck Eagles Club for your support
Jaimie Cura March 13, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I got the list of teams from Special Olympics of Connecticut and here they are: "WIGGIN' OUT!" 7 For Kevin Chilly Willy's Connecticut Crazies Daydreamers Hope Kaynor Plunging Panthers Kyle's Cougars Macy's Waterbury Naugatuck High School Softball Team Naugatuck Penguin Naugatuck Police Explorers Naugatuck SO Naugatuck Valley NCCC Student Nurses Ordinary Joe's Oxford High School Hope Club Oxford Special Olympics Plunging Panthers - Kaynor Tech SCSU Ice Holes Seymour Wildcats STS STS JD's Roadhouse T.I.M. Team Tarka Leffler Team Pomperaug LAX Team Walrus The Shenanigans Toughest Penguins TriTown Ward Leonard Warriors Waterbury Special Olympics Watertown Association for Special Citizens Watertown High School WH"Y" 5:30 a.m.?


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