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Penguin Plunge organizers share updates, schedule of events

WESTFIELD -- Thirty-two people have committed to plunge in the 2nd annual Penguin Plunge to benefit the Amelia Park Children's Museum.

The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Congamond Lakes behind the Brass Rail Restaurant, 90 Point Grove Road, Southwick. Onsite registration begins at 11 a.m. and the Plunge begins at 1 p.m.

"Our goal this year is to attract 100 plungers and we are about a third of the way there," said Lynanne Nyarady, event chair. Last year, the plunge attracted 37 plungers and raised more than $14,000 for the Museum.

A minimum $50 pledge is required to plunge with prizes awarded based on total funds raised. Full time students will receive a registration discount of $25 with valid school ID. Registration and pledge forms are available via the museum web site at or can be picked up at the museum.

Reminders for Plungers and Spectators

-- This year's event will take place exclusively outdoors; please dress appropriately.

-- Due to weather, no spectators will be allowed on the ice. Viewing areas will be clearly marked.

-- KIX 97.9 morning show personality Shaggy and afternoon DJ RJ McKay will be hosting the event. Shaggy will also be plunging in a Speedo.

-- Please check the Museum and sponsor Web sites after 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27 for information on the status of the event in case of poor weather.

-- Wet suits will be available for rent onsite for $10 from Wilderness Experiences.

-- Parking is available at the Brass Rail and in the public lots across the street. Crosswalk assistance will be provided by the Southwick Police Department.

What's New

New activities this year include the following:

-- Food and concessions provided by the Southwick and Westfield Fire Departments;

-- A Role-in-the-Hole kayak challenge and snowshoe trials and demonstrations provided by Wilderness Experiences;

-- A 150-yard hole-in-one contest for a chance to win a Dimension 1 home spa from Jelly Belly Pools and Spas;

-- A live auction featuring a KIX 97.9 country music prize package, which includes transportation on the KIX VIP bus for four to an upcoming country concert.

Our Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. New sponsors this year include Reminder Publications, which publishes the weekly MetroWest Reminder, and Jelly Belly Pools and Spas. They join veteran sponsors Decorated Products, the Westfield Evening News, Mobius Works and Bill Hughes Photography, who will be providing roaming video and photography services, available for purchase at the event.

About the Amelia Park Children's Museum

The funds raised from this year's plunge will support operations for the Museum and enable it to expand from its current location at 99 Elm Street, Westfield, MA into a new, larger space. The new museum will be approximately 10,000 square feet - a substantial increase from the 1,600 square feet it now occupies - and be located on the grounds adjoining the Amelia Park Ice arena and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield.

Founded by teachers and parents, the Amelia Park Children's Museum was created in Westfield, MA in 1994 and first opened its doors on June 1, 1997 as the Discover Westfield Children's Musuem. Since then, the museum staff of four employees has welcomed more than 40,000 visitors. Currently, the museum has more than 300 members and is 100 percent privately funded by donors and members. For more information about the Amelia Park Children's Museum please visit our Web site at

2nd Annual Penguin Plunge Schedule of Events

11 -- Noon Plunger Check-In

11 -- 3 p.m. Penguin Plunge Festival

Hole-In-One Contest to win spa

Food Concessions and family activities

12 Noon Roll-In-The-Hole Kayak Challenge

12:15 KIX 97.9 Live Auction

12:30 p.m. Plunger Costume Presentation

12:45 p.m. Plunger Safety Briefing

1 p.m. 2006 Penguin Plunge begins

2006 Pledge Recognition Awards

2 p.m. 2006 Biggest Team and Best Costume Awards.