Freeze For A Reason In March

Supervisor John Venditto and Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia join last year’s polar plunge.

The Town of Oyster Bay once again invites hearty residents to support the Special Olympics by participating in the third annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 19. The event will take place at Tobay Beach with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. and the plunge to begin at 11:30 a.m.

“Many of our residents are used to seeing beautiful Tobay Beach in the middle of the summer, but this event provides an enjoyable and charitable reason to begin the beach season early,” said Supervisor John Venditto. “Participants will have an opportunity to prove their mettle and their compassion by diving into the chilly waters of Tobay Beach to raise funds for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.”

Each year, Special Olympics Polar Plunges are held throughout the country to attract thousands of chilled souls to engage in a commendable and thrilling fundraising event. All funds support Special Olympics New York’s programs and promote awareness of people living with intellectual disabilities in New York.

“Getting registered is quick and easy,” said Venditto. “Simply log on to From there you will be able to form a team, invite your family and friends to join your team, create your own personal plunge page and send it out to your contacts—all with a few clicks of the mouse.

According to Venditto, the Polar Plunge will help to provide year-round sports training and competition in more than 20 Olympic-style sports for more than 65,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities living in New York, giving them continuing opportunities at no cost to them or their families. Since 1968, Special Olympics has faithfully carried out its noble mission and now has more than 32 individual and team sports—from Alpine Skiing to Volleyball—provide quality training and well-matched sporting events. Their philosophy is “Win or lose, the goal is always to be brave in the attempt.”

“This event is sure to create lasting memories for all participants and support a very worthwhile cause,” said Venditto. “Special Olympics changes lives through the joy of sports and the Town of Oyster Bay is proud to partner with this outstanding organization to help make this event a success.”

For more information residents can call Jennifer Cantone at 631-254-1465 ext. 204 or send an e-mail to


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Steve Mosco, former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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