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Washingtonville Walden’s “Frozen Assets” Take Polar Plunge

Washingtonville Walden’s “Frozen Assets” Take Polar Plunge

By Eugenia Moskowitz

Walden Savings Bank in Washingtonville once again put its team “Frozen Assets” into the icy water on Feb. 16 in Fishkill for the annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics.  Along with a half dozen or so other brave locals, including the husband of Orange County Post’s own Kathy O’Brien, (Joe O’Brien), they were at least blessed with a sunny day. About fifteen teams of 4 or 5 people each participated in the popular event with each company or organization wearing wacky costumes or t-shirts.

Walden’s vice president John Carola, collections manager Karen Foerst, and Martha Barrera jumped into the shockingly cold water to raise money for this very important cause. With the air temperature at 34 degrees, event organizers had to saw away chunks of ice to create a space for everyone to jump into.

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The Walden Washingtonville branch also held bake sales and donating opportunities at its location on East Main Street. Customers say the bank isn’t just a financial institution but a community information hub for events vital to the rejuvenation of Washingtonville. Barrera, one of the six women who make up the Washingtonville Community Events Council (known for the wildly successful annual Witchingtonville and Whoville), said everyone is welcome to stop in and check out the display tables for information about upcoming and ongoing village events, you don’t have to be a bank client.

The next big Washingtonville event will be the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Parade on Apr. 6 from 2:00-4:30.

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CAPTION 1: Walden’s Karen Foerst (middle) and John Carola (right) braced themselves for a very big shock to the system (with a neoprene-suited lifeguard stand

CAPTION 2: Martha Barrera’s “Frozen Assets” team from Walden Savings Bank joined many other groups who took the Polar Plunge last Saturday to raise money for the Special Olympics. (Photos provided)

CAPTION 3:  Polar Plunge at Lake George, incl. Joe O’Brien (Photo by Bob McCormick)

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