The water was freezing cold but Barbara Noyes and about 150 others at yesterday’s Penguin Plunge were warmed by the energy of the crowd. “Some of the people were just so excited and lit up, lit up that they were helping,” she said. “It was really great.”
Noyes, a Blavelt resident and an officer with the South Nyack-Grandview Police Department, was among 20 or 30 people who jumped into the Hudson River yesterday afternoon as part of a fundraising event for Emma Monahan, a 6-year-old girl from Orangeburg who is severely debilitated. Emma was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis when she was seven weeks old. Hannan wrote a story about her last week, which can read here.
The Penguin Plunge, which was organized by Noyes and Pearl River resident Mike Lynch, raised about $10,000 to help the family with expenses that aren’t covered by insurance, such as building a handicapped-accessible area for Emma on the first floor of their house.
In Tappan, a Cut-A-Thon held yesterday at the Changing Heads hair salon raised about $5,000, said the salon’s owner, Bob Press. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than a dozen volunteers invited customers to get a $30-hair cut. The day’s profits were donated to the family. You can read my story on the event here.
I bumped into Emma’s mother, Anne Marie Monahan, at the salon, who said she was really touched by everyone’s participation. “It was just a very heartwarming feeling when someone doesn’t even know you and they want to help,” she said.
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