The Oakdale Plunge returns March 4th at 12 p.m. and once again intrepid plungers, many in ridiculous attire, will throw themselves into the ice cold waters of Oakdale Lake.

It’s probably Hudson’s goofiest event, but this community fundraiser also has a serious side: it helps all of us play safe in and around the water. Proceeds are split between the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue and Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department.

The Youth Department uses the funds to support their Waterfront Program, providing critical lifeguard training and expanded summer hours for community swimming at Oakdale Lake. The all-volunteer Water Rescue Team answers about a dozen calls a year from people in trouble on the Hudson River and proceeds from the event allow the team to replace aging equipment and invest in advance training.

Last year, close to 100 plungers braved the freezing waters of Oakdale Lake to raise over $40,000. Crazily costumed teams from local organizations support the effort and local businesses make the event possible through their generous sponsorship. This year’s goal is $50,000!

To take a dive for your community, or make a donation to support your intrepid neighbors, visit

Adults who register by February 12 can snag the Early Bird Discount, and anyone 18 or younger can register for free!

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