With a goal of raising $9,500 for the Special Olympics, the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School’s Varsity Club has raised to date more than $11,100 as part of the Town of Brookhaven’s annual Polar Plunge recently held at Cedar Beach in Mt. Sinai.
The fundraising record goes hand in hand with the record number of 68 students who signed up to take part in the plunge, along with co-advisers Jesse Rosen and Deirdre Filippi.
“We can’t even begin to express how proud we are of the Varsity Club members who took the chilly plunge,” Filippi said. “With our incredible donation, we were able to sponsor 27 athletes for an entire year!”
The Varsity Club members annually engage in projects centered around athletics and work to help others while challenging themselves in the process. They also run school-organized events and activities that help to raise money for various service-minded organizations.
1: Earl L. Vandermeulen High School’s Varsity Club before the Polar Plunge.
2: Earl L. Vandermeulen High School’s Varsity Club after the Polar Plunge.
Photos courtesy of Port Jefferson School District