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WEST HAVEN, Jan. 16, 2018 — About 175 intrepid participants dash in and out of the 34-degree water of Long Island Sound during the 18th annual Icy Plunge for the Cure benefit Saturday morning, Jan. 13, at Savin Rock Beach.
As pledges continue to roll in, the plunge, presented by the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Committee, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and education, buoyed by top individual fundraiser Anthony Cordone’s $6,080 and $920 collected by the Pink Angels, the top group fundraiser.
After the event, as plungers thawed out inside the Savin Rock Conference Center, committee member and event organizer Beth A. Sabo, the city’s commissioner of human resources, recognized Cordone for having raised close to $200,000 for the cause since the inaugural plunge in 2001.
(Photo/Russ McCreven/West Haven Voice via City of West Haven)
For the first time, the plunge included a follow-up event, the Spike for the Cure beach volleyball tournament, also a benefit for breast cancer, at Sea Bluff Beach.
Parks and Recreation Director Bill Slater, back left, recreation program coordinator Diane Dietman, back right, and West Haven High School girls volleyball coach Kate Coldren, second from back right, join the tournament champions, Team I’d Hit That.
Sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation and organized by Dietman and Coldren, four six-person teams competed in the single-elimination tourney, netting $475 for the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program.