On January 2nd, 2016 get ready because The Town of Long Lake will be gearing up to host the 4th Annual Feelin’ Long Lakey Polar Bear Plunge at 1pm on the Long Lake Town Beach located at 1258 Main Street in Long Lake, NY in the heart of the Adirondacks. Teams collect pledges and all proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project which enables and helps veteran’s heal and focus on Mind, Body, Economic Empowerment and Engagement.
SURVIVING THE BATTLEFIELD
With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.
In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.
Last year 19 teams raised $4956. Since event inception in 2012 $16,158 has been raised for the Wounded Warrior Project at the Feelin’ Long Lakey Polar Bear Plunge.
We welcome the return of host, Peter Michael Marino for the 2016 event. Pete has been hosting events in Long Lake since the 2012 4th of July Bed Races and the Polar Plunge in 2013. He delivers observations, embodies a great sense of humor, and has an uncanny ability to work with the crowd to make all events a full-on interactive theatrical experience. Pete’s quick wit and banter with the audience is always off the charts and provides an extra layer of hilarity to all of Long Lake’s events.
Peter Michael Marino hails from New York City and his work has been seen on five continents. He has worked extensively as a writer, director, producer, teacher and actor. Member AEA, SAG-AFTRA, The Dramatists Guild, and is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute.
Pete is the librettist of the West End musical Desperately Seeking Susan, based on the film of the same name and featuring the songs of Blondie. The show played at London’s Novello Theatre in 2007, and was presented by Tokyo’s legendary Toho Company at the Theatre Creation in 2009.
Pete recently finished a run of his talk-show-solo-show spoof Late with Lance! at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it received 5-star reviews, followed by a sold out engagement at Arts Theatre West End. Plans are underway for a month-long run in London in early 2016.
Get your team together and register today. 2016 WW Registration Packet
Contact Steph Hample, Events Coordinator at 518-624-3077 for questions!