Caggeso to take polar plunge

Larry Caggeso of Ridgway will be jumping into the Allegheny River for 30 seconds this Sunday, Dec. 11, as a part of the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in the Allegheny River. Caggeso has been involved in polar plunges for two years. His first plunge was in Conneaut Lake in Ohio with his son, Michael Caggeso. “My first year was in Conneaut Lake, and it was one of the first times in many years the lake froze over,” Caggeso said. “They had to bring in a back how to cut a hole for us to jump into.”Caggeso and his son are part of a seven-person team called the Allegheny River Rats who assist in raising monies for the foundation. “You have a goal of $1,000, and our team has already surpassed that,” Caggeso said. “The proceeds go to the Pennsylvania Special Olympics and help those with special needs who are mentally and physically disabled.”Joining the polar plunges was an effort to support his niece Marie Emanuele who suffers from Down syndrome. “My niece is a child with Down syndrome,” Caggeso said. “Through this she has participated in riding horses and has learned equestrian skills, and it really makes me happy to see her do that.”Caggeso asks anyone wishing to donate to the Special Olympics please make checks payable to Larry Caggeso and mail to CNB Bank, c/o Special Olympics, PO Box 156, Ridgway, PA 15853.Pick up a copy of the Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.