It's painful even to think about this when the temperature is in the single digits, but the Oakdale Plunge is coming up. The word about the 2022 event went out yesterday.
It's nearly time to suit up. The Oakdale Plunge returns for the 5th year on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
This kooky community fundraiser at Oakdale Lake is a wintertime favorite and has become one of Hudson's signature events. All proceeds are evenly spilt between the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue and Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department.
The all-volunteer Water Rescue Team answers about a dozen calls a year from people in trouble on the Hudson River, from Dutchess/Ulster to Rennselaer counties. Proceeds from the event allow the team to keep up with industry standards and replace aging equipment. It costs approximately $10K to train and fully outfit one rescue diver for all types of water rescue.
The Youth Department provides free recreation, enriching activities, and safe space for local kids. It uses the funds to support their Waterfront Program, providing critical lifeguard training which in turn allows expanded beach hours for community swimming at Oakdale Lake during the summer.
Last year, 75 plungers braved the freezing waters of Oakdale Lake to raise over $35,000. Crazily costumed teams from local organizations supported the effort, and numerous local businesses make this event possible through their generous sponsorship.
This year, the Plunge is playing it Hudson Safe. Intrepid plungers will jump into Oakdale Lake's frigid water in staggered shifts. Spectators can attend if they mask, distance, and remain outdoors, or can enjoy the show via live stream. Updated information on the schedule and live stream will be available at OakdalePlunge.com closer to the event.