Taking the icy plunge for charity

| 12 Feb 2014 | 03:06

It was 21 degrees outside and the water was a balmy 28 degrees. That didn't stop locals from taking the icy plunge into Lake Mohawk in Sparta to raise money for charity. Firefighters even had to cut open a section of ice from the frozen over Lake Mohawk to allow for the locals to jump in.

The Sparta Elks held the 4th Annual Charity Plunge into Lake Mohawk on Sunday, Feb. 9 where they raised more than $10,000 from volunteers and corporate sponsors Lakeland Bank and Eastern Propane. All of the proceeds will benefit special needs children and Elks Camp Moore.

Elks Camp Moore is a camp for special needs children. It offers a week vacation away from home. The primary goal of the camp is to develop the recreational and social skills of each child. All children are sponsored by the local elks lodge in their community with no cost to their families.

— Photos by Amy Cilli
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