A wintertime favorite, the Oakdale Plunge returns on Saturday, March 4, at noon. Once again, intrepid plungers, many dressed in ridiculous attire, will throw themselves into the ice cold waters of Oakdale Lake.
It may be Hudson's goofiest event, but it has its serious side. The community fundraiser helps us all play safe in and around the water. The proceeds from the event are split between the Hudson Youth Department and the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue and Dive Team. The Youth Department uses the funds to support its waterfront program, providing critical lifeguard training and expanded summer hours for community swimming at Oakdale Lake. The all-volunteer HFD Water Rescue Team answers about a dozen calls a year from people in trouble on the Hudson River, and proceeds from the event allow the team to replace aging equipment and invest in advanced training.
Last year, close to a hundred plungers braved the freezing waters of Oakdale Lake to raise more than $40,000. This year's goal is $50,000. To take a dive for your community, or to make a donation to support your intrepid neighbors, visit OakdalePlunge.com. Register by February 12 to receive the Early Bird discount.