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B'ville Big Chill - Time for Plunge

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni, left, and Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson prepare to lead plungers into the Seneca River during Big Chill 2011. The two mayors kicked off last year’s Polar Bear Plunge,  an event that returns to Baldwinsville’s Mercer Park this Saturday along with other Big Chill events such as the Poker Bear Express, a Wine Tasting event and Best in Bowl cookoff.

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni, left, and Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson prepare to lead plungers into the Seneca River during Big Chill 2011. The two mayors kicked off last year’s Polar Bear Plunge, an event that returns to Baldwinsville’s Mercer Park this Saturday along with other Big Chill events such as the Poker Bear Express, a Wine Tasting event and Best in Bowl cookoff. Photo by Erin Wisneski.

— Saraceni said the event is growing, which is evident as organizers secured a major sponsor this year with Tops Friendly Markets.

“Obviously we are doing great if we are getting the attention of good size corporations,” Saraceni said, adding, “It feels like we have established our event as an annual event.”

With more than 1,000 participants annually since its inception, it seems obvious that people also enjoy the challenge.

“People are doing it for a good reason. That is what the whole thing is about - challenging yourself to do good things for others,” he said.

Proceeds from the Big Chill benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY and the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce. For more information about participating, call 638-0550 or visit b-ville.com.

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