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North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the town's Business & Tourism Development Corporation recently held the 2nd Annual WinterFest, featuring the Special Olympics Polar Plunge at North Hempstead Beach Park with the Polar Plunge at noon.

Members of the PFD participated in the Polar Plunge at Beach Park in Port Washington on Saturday morning. Photo by Kevin Imm

As well as the Polar Plunge, WinterFest activities included live music and entertainment courtesy of reggae artist Denzel Botus, amusement for the children such as face painting and informational displays sponsored by the Nassau County Police Department.

The Polar Plunge is sponsored by the New York-Long Island Region of the Special Olympics. The event is organized to help pay for year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for intellectually challenged children and adults.

Members of the Plainview Fire Deparment participated in the Polar Plunge to help raise funds. Last year over $200,000 was raised.

Winterfest is brought to you in partnership with the BTDC, Panera Bread, Police Benevolent Association Inc., GEICO, nuBest, NYS Fraternal Order of Police, Knights of Columbus, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Capital One, New York Lottery, NYSUL, Life Corporation, Apple & Eve, and CSEA.

"I want to thank each co-sponsor, especially Panera Bread, for their generous commitment," Kaiman said.


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