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Brrr-ave souls raise $80,000 for Special Olympics

Team Jams of Canton reacted to the shock of hitting the lake’s 34-degree waters during the annual Winsted Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

WINSTED — They took flying leaps, cannonballed, dove, dashed and tiptoed. Whatever their method, about 85 brave souls comprising 15 teams made a huge splash as they entered Highland Lake’s bone-chilling waters on Saturday, March 9, during the 16th annual Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. 

The popular, high-noon community event, which organizers said raised about $80,000 for the cause, drew hundreds of spectators under azure skies and seasonably comfortable 45 degree weather. Teams hailed from throughout the region.

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