Tenth annual Penguin Plunge held in Westfield - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Tenth annual Penguin Plunge held in Westfield

WESTFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Normally, with the weather Western Massachusetts has had lately, people would want to bundle up and wear as many layers of clothes possible.

Many city residents decided to go in the opposite direction on Saturday, as Hampton Ponds was the site of the 10th annual Penguin Plunge.

Residents needed to raise at least $50 for the Amelia Park Children's Museum to take part in the event.

Organizers said the plunge keeps growing, and that means more money for the museum.

"We made about $15,000 last year, but we will definitely blow that out of the water because we already hit that before we started today," said Diana McLean, president of the museum's board.

"It was worth it," said Frank Rios, a first-time plunger with his son. "We raised about $590 altogether. It went to a good cause."

State Sen. Don Humason was presented a "golden plunger" award at the start of Saturday's event.

It was in honor of Humason taking the plunge in all 10 years that it has been held.

Saturday, he went in alongside Tricia Knapik, wife of Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik.

Humason said it is a cold but enjoyable experience.

"Some people are really dramatic when they enter the water with belly flops or back flips," said Humason. "I'm just happy if I can walk in and walk out. But if you look around, it a great cause. There are so many people here. Some are plunging; some are spectating. Some are forecasting the weather from on scene."

CBS 3 Springfield's own Nick Morganelli was the emcee for Saturday's event.

Copyright 2014 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Southwick woman seeks answers after fiance denied patient care

    Southwick woman seeks answers after fiance denied patient care

    Monday, July 24 2017 10:40 PM EDT2017-07-25 02:40:02 GMT
    Monday, July 24 2017 10:40 PM EDT2017-07-25 02:40:02 GMT

    “I don’t think anybody at 28 should have to go through what I’ve gone through,” said Kaleigh Payette of Southwick. Kaleigh, a mother of three, is supposed to be married to the love of her life.

    More >>

    “I don’t think anybody at 28 should have to go through what I’ve gone through,” said Kaleigh Payette of Southwick. Kaleigh, a mother of three, is supposed to be married to the love of her life.

    More >>
  • Teenage driver livestreams crash that killed sister

    Teenage driver livestreams crash that killed sister

    (Merced County Sheriff via AP) This July 22, 2017 photo provided by the Merced County Sheriff, shows Obdulia Sanchez in Merced, Calif. Sanchez has been arrested in California on suspicion of causing a deadly crash that she recorded live on Instagram.(Merced County Sheriff via AP) This July 22, 2017 photo provided by the Merced County Sheriff, shows Obdulia Sanchez in Merced, Calif. Sanchez has been arrested in California on suspicion of causing a deadly crash that she recorded live on Instagram.

    The parents of a teenage driver who livestreamed on Instagram the fatal crash that killed their younger daughter in California say they believe their daughter didn't mean for her sister to die.

    More >>

    The parents of a teenage driver who livestreamed on Instagram the fatal crash that killed their younger daughter in California say they believe their daughter didn't mean for her sister to die.

    More >>
  • 10-year-old girl struck, killed on Mass. Pike

    10-year-old girl struck, killed on Mass. Pike

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:18 AM EDT2017-07-24 15:18:01 GMT
    Monday, July 24 2017 11:18 AM EDT2017-07-24 15:18:01 GMT
    (Western Mass News photo)(Western Mass News photo)

    A 10-year-old girl has been struck and killed by a vehicle after getting out of a car that had pulled over on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

    More >>

    A 10-year-old girl has been struck and killed by a vehicle after getting out of a car that had pulled over on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly