A Hudson Valley news anchor is participating in the polar plunge for the Special Olympics. And you can help! Or join in!

Hello all,

I’m Bobby Welber, you may have heard me delivering the top local, national and trending stories each morning on 101.5 WPDH, 94.3 97.3 The Wolf, Mix 97.7 and occasionally, 96.9 WRRV.

Well, clearly I'm crazy, because I've decided to once again join the Fishkill Polar Plunge! I'll be "Freezin For A Reason" on Feb. 25 at Sharp Reservation in Fishkill.

Now a little about myself, and why I care for this organization. From the sixth grade until I left the Hudson Valley for college, I was a volunteer coach at a local Special Olympics chapter in Newburgh.

The Special Olympics is an organization I've felt strongly about, so I'm excited/nervous to help out and jump into freezing waters again!

All the money from my plunge, and other plunges, goes directly to the Special Olympics New York. In 2015, 67,162 athletes trained and/or competed year-round in 22 Olympics-style sports.

The Special Olympics athletes, families or caregivers are never charged to participate.

The polar plunge is an amazing way to make sure these athletes get to continue to compete in something they love, and don't have to pay.

According to the Special Olympics of New York, it costs $400 to support training and competition for one athlete for one sports season.

If you'd like to donate to my cause, click here. Remember, no donation is too small, every little bit help!

I've also decided to start my own polar plunge team. If you want to join my team click here.  As of this writing eight others have decided to take the plunge with me!

Now, if you are on the fence about joining, having jumped before, I will say the water is cold! But it's a momentary cold, all for a good cause!


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