WHITE LAKE –– Team Strike Out Alz, a group made up of Sullivan County residents, has been jumping into frigid waters to raise awareness and funds to combat Alzheimer’s Disease for …
WHITE LAKE –– Team Strike Out Alz, a group made up of Sullivan County residents, has been jumping into frigid waters to raise awareness and funds to combat Alzheimer’s Disease for the past 11 years. They’ve done this through the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Subzero Heroes event each February.
They will once again head up to Berean Lake in Highland to make the jump on February 25. However, in an effort to raise awareness and increase participation locally, Team Strike Out Alz, in partnership with the White Lake Fire Company, held the inaugural Sullivan Freeze for the Cure event on White Lake on Saturday afternoon.
The White Lake Fire Company and Hector’s Inn both had teams that jumped at Saturday’s event. Team Strike Out Alz also had several members jump, and there were many individuals who also took the plunge. Furthermore, White Lake Fire Company and the Kauneonga Lake Fire Department had divers in the water while people jumped, to ensure participant safety.
Also, Brian Bunce was on hand as master falconer with two owls for spectators to see.
“I am overwhelmed with the participation and support for this inaugural event,” said Team Strike Out Alz Captain Terry Grafmuller. “Our team has been considering this for over a year. Creating something that could be easily attended by our County residents was key.
“Finally late this summer we started planning,” he continued. “Sure there are a few tweaks to be made but one thing is clear, next year it will be bigger and better. I can’t thank our team, sponsors, and supporting organizations enough.”
To learn more about February 25’s Subzero Heroes event, visit www.subzeroheroes.org. Once there, you can scroll down to see all the participating teams. By clicking on “Strike Out Alz” you can visit their team page, and make a donation to the team or their individual members.
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