By Adway S. Wadekar, Contributing Writer
Westborough – Approximately 50 people braved the frigid December weather Dec. 8 and dove into the very icy Lake Chauncy as part of the annual “Polar Plunge,” hosted by the nonprofit group, In Your Shoes.
Participants in the plunge were encouraged to dress up in costumes. From dressing up as if it were a day at the beach, to dressing up in colorful tutus, participants created unique and memorable costumes to voice their appreciation for the cause. One team of plungers even dressed up as food items from Dunkin’ Donuts.
Around 125 people from the Westborough community attended the event to encourage the plungers and enjoy the festivities. During the event, participants and spectators enjoyed music, dancing, and pictures with the polar bear “Orson” from Polar Beverages. Refreshments, sponsored by Wegmans, including sandwiches, cookies, brownies, and hot chocolate were enjoyed by everyone. Awards were given out to the participants and teams who raised the most money, created the best costume, and were the most spirited during the event.
“It was such a great community event,” said co-chairs Terry Gavin and Sherry Johnson. “In Your Shoes is extremely grateful for the participation of all plungers, volunteers and community members which were all instrumental in making the Polar Plunge a success.”
In Your Shoes Westborough is a giving circle, a nonprofit organization situated within the town of Westborough that works to help those who reside and work in the town through contributions of time, talent, and monetary resources. Each year, In Your Shoes Westborough holds the Polar Plunge event, intended to raise money for their group, and to support the cause of another Westborough organization. This year, the organization chosen was Westborough Connects, a group, according to its website, is “dedicated to building a kinder, more connected and inclusive community.” .
Contributions for the event still continue to arrive as of press time, including those from “virtual plungers”. For more information visit inyourshoeswestborough.com and westboroughconnects.org.