Winter Walk is behind us, so it's not too early to start thinking about the next big community event--the Oakdale Plunge! The year ahead is a leap year, so in 2020, the plunge into the icy waters of Oakdale Lake is scheduled to take place on the day that only happens in a leap year, February 29. As always, the Oakdale Plunge supports the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue and Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department. In 2019, seventy-six people took the plunge and raised more than $18,000 for the two causes. These photographs by Valerie Shaff capture some of the color and zaniness of the event.
In 2020, the Oakdale Plunge is hoping to raise $25,000. You can participate in two ways--by making a splash as an individual or a team or by making a donation to support a brave plunger. Visit www.OakdalePlunge.com to register or donate. This year, the early birds who sign up before February 1 get a 33 percent discount on the registration fee and kids under 18 can register for free. COPYRIGHT 2019 CAROLE OSTERINK