Members of the LIPSA Polar Plunge team.
Courtesy of the Long Island Pool and Spa Association.
Members of the LIPSA Polar Plunge team.

Members of the Long Island Pool & Spa Association took part in a Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics in March. The 2nd Annual Town of Oyster Beach Polar Plunge marked the first time LIPSA has participated in that type of event.

In total, more than $50,000 was raised for Special Olympics New York at the Tobay Beach event. LIPSA was the top fund-raising team with $6,300 in donations, surpassing its own original goal of $5,000. Sent into the water in waves, the seven-member LIPSA team was among 453 registered plungers.

“It’s a good way to show people that we do good stuff; we don’t just build pools,” said Bill Hanley, LIPSA’s vice president. He added that the event was a nice way to give back locally and help the aquatic teams of the Special Olympics.