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Budnar, Goldacker to participate in Sunday’s CNY Polar Plunge

Cazenovia residents Diane Budnar, left center, and Ryan Goldacker, right center, stand with a group of Special Olympics New York athletes and local residents in the shallow waters of Oneida Lake. The group, along with area law enforcement officials, will completely submerge themselves in the frigid waters at noon on Dec. 2 as part of the Sixth Annual Central New York Polar Plunge. Funds raised leading up to and during the event benefit Special Olympics.

Cazenovia residents Diane Budnar, left center, and Ryan Goldacker, right center, stand with a group of Special Olympics New York athletes and local residents in the shallow waters of Oneida Lake. The group, along with area law enforcement officials, will completely submerge themselves in the frigid waters at noon on Dec. 2 as part of the Sixth Annual Central New York Polar Plunge. Funds raised leading up to and during the event benefit Special Olympics.

This Sunday, Dec. 2, Special Olympics New York athletes and Cazenovia residents, Diane Budnar and Ryan Goldacker, will help lead the Sixth Annual Central New York Polar Plunge at Oneida Shores in Brewerton, with members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

“Nearly 500 people are expected to take the plunge with friends, family and colleagues cheering them on. This is wacko-fun for all ages,” said Cassandra Rucker, director of development for the Special Olympics New York.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, with the plunge taking place at noon.

Everyone raising $100 or more will receive an official Polar Plunge sweatshirt, non-plungers will have the option of receiving a “Too Chicken To Plunge” shirt.

Presenting sponsor Dunkin’ Donuts will provide coffee and donuts.

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world. With over 52,000 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the sixth-largest chapter in the world. Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athletes Program and the Motor Activities Training Program — at no cost to the athlete, their families or their caregivers.

In 2011, Law Enforcement Torch Run events, including Polar Plunge, raised more than $1 million statewide.

To register online, visit tinyurl.com/CNYPlunge2012. For updates, visit the organization’s Facebook page at facebook.com/CentralNYPlunge.

For more information, contact Rucker at 314-6839 or crucker@nyso.org.

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