Taking the Plunge for Cystic Fibrosis
March 5, 2007
On Saturday, February 10, the thermometer outside the Belle Harbor Yacht Club in Belle Harbor, N.Y., registered a biting 25 degrees. With a strong wind, it felt closer to 10 degrees. Warmed by the idea of making a difference in the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, more than 300 spectators stood outside and watched as about 150 participants—clad in swim trunks and bikinis—jumped into the frigid Atlantic Ocean for the Greater New York Chapter - Westchester Office's 7th annual Take the Plunge for Cystic Fibrosis.
"Plungers" make a mad dash for the Atlantic Ocean.
To raise money for CF research, spectators donated money to watch the “plungers,” who each found sponsors for their jump. Following the plunge, guests and participants attended a festive after-party at the yacht club, featuring D.J. James Tubridy and popular local band the Cunningham Brothers.
For the first time in the event’s history, 10-year-old Annie McMahon—the inspiration for the event seven years ago—spoke to Plunge guests and thanked supporters for helping her be a “normal kid” leading a “pretty normal life.” She told the crowd about how much she loved cheerleading, basketball and gymnastics.
Event co-chairs and proud parents John and Theresa McMahon applauded everyone’s generosity and efforts to make Take the Plunge for Cystic Fibrosis a great success. Despite the cold weather, guests showed their warm spirits by raising $100,000 during the event.
Special thanks go to the entire McMahon family, Jim Mullen, the Contis and the Morrisseys, as well as corporate sponsors Ridgewood Savings Bank and the Department of Sanitation.