Brave Few Jump Into Phillips Lake for Charity



DEDHAM — There are those who write a check for a good cause and then there are those who jump into a hole in a frozen lake in February.

 

A good cause convinced Ashley Varney and Arianna Sanborn, students at Washington Academy in East Machias, to jump into icy Phillips Lake in Dedham Sunday. The third annual Polar Plunge benefited Camp CaPella, a camp for disabled children in Dedham, and Camp Sunshine, a Casco retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The girls raised $1,455 for the effort. — CYNDI WOOD
A good cause convinced Ashley Varney and Arianna Sanborn, students at Washington Academy in East Machias, to jump into icy Phillips Lake in Dedham Sunday. The third annual Polar Plunge benefited Camp CaPella, a camp for disabled children in Dedham, and Camp Sunshine, a Casco retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The girls raised $1,455 for the effort. — CYNDI WOOD

To each their own.

Nearly 50 members of the latter group leapt into Phillips Lake at Camp CaPella in Dedham Sunday. The third annual Polar Plunge benefited the camp, which serves children and adults with disabilities, and Camp Sunshine, a Casco retreat for youngsters with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The plunge raised about $7,000 for each camp, according to organizers.

The water was estimated to be a frigid 33 degrees.

Jumpers emerged, teeth chattering, and muttered “Oh my God” or “Holy cow” as they sprinted toward the hot tub. Friends and family tossed them towels on the way.

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