More than 100 Bearcats plunged into the frigid waters of Lake Wononscopomuc on Sunday, April 7, to raise money for The Jane Lloyd Fund, a local nonprofit started by Jane's brother, Steve Lloyd '74, and his family to support local cancer patients in need of financial assistance. Hotchkiss students raised more than $1100 in combined pledges and donations in the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser.
“Some of the students who insisted they weren't going in, not only plunged, but did so repeatedly! Those of us on the shore were amazed by the number of students who kept going in the water and those who swam out to the buoys in the 39 degree water,” said Caroline Kenny-Burchfield '77, coordinator of volunteer programs at Hotchkiss.
After taking the plunge, swimmers warmed themselves with hot cocoa and S’mores toasted over a campfire. Holding the event at the Hotchkiss Beach was the idea Katherine Goldstruck '19 and Caroline McCann '21. The two had volunteered for the fund at the Salisbury Fall Festival and were overwhelmed by the community's response to the fund and how it impacted people in our community.
“When I told the students about the annual plunge at the Salisbury Town Grove that our boys' lacrosse team has participated in for years, they asked if we could host our own at Hotchkiss Beach,” said Kenny-Burchfield.
"Their idea was that Hotchkiss could donate more money if the plunge was at Hotchkiss because more students could participate.They were right," she said.
Given the great participation in this year’s Polar Plunge, it is likely to be an annual Hotchkiss tradition, she added.