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HOOLEY PLUNGE SUPPORTS LOCAL CAUSES
Cumberland - Nine years ago, Dr. Sean McCagh had the idea to raise money for a local cause that included brave souls plunging into the frigid March waters of Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park. That year, 30 plungers took the challenge. Now in its ninth year, more than 700 plungers are expected to take the plunge on Saturday, March 2 to raise needed funds for the Special Olympics of Allegany County and several other local programs for the developmentally disabled. The event is coordinated by the Alhambra Wamba Caravan #89.
“Last year, we raised over $106,000 and had over 700 plungers,” commented Dr. McCagh. “Every year we see more and more people coming out and either taking the Plunge or cheering on their friends and family. It has now become a March tradition in Allegany County. It’s incredibly rewarding to see our community come out, have fun and support a worth cause. We couldn’t do the Hooley Plunge without the support of the staff and management of Rocky Gap State Park, and really, the entire community. Students from all the schools come out and take the plunge, businesses comes out in teams or have a designated plunger, organizations like the Cumberland Rotary and Jaycees are financially and physically supporting our efforts. It’s phenomenal! ”
The Hooley Plunge funds the entire annual budget for the Special Olympics of Allegany County. Other programs that benefit from the Plunge include in the Allegany County Board of Education SLE Programs at Allegany High School, Fort Hill High School, Mountain Ridge High School, Braddock Middle School, the Career Center, Bishop Walsh School, Cash Valley Elementary, Westmar Middle School and Washington Middle School Autism/Best Buddies Program, as well as, Boy Scout Troop #89 and Friends Aware. The Plunge has also created a scholarship at Frostburg State University for a local student majoring in a program that works with special education.
Adding to the festivities, Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort is planning a Pre-Freeze Hooley Party featuring the musical talents of Cumberland’s favorite Irish band, the Shanty Irish. The party will be held in the Lakeside Restaurant and Lounge from 7 - 11 p.m. Rocky Gap’s chef has created a special Irish menu with appetizers, dinner specials and drink specials. The resort is also offering a special $59/night (plus tax and usage free) for Hooley attendees who spend the night. Saturday morning a Pre-Hooley Breakfast is scheduled from 6:30 - 11 a.m. For more information on any of the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort events, call 301-784-8400.
To register for the Hooley Plunge, visit www.hooleyplunge.com or call 301-724-2453.