Dressed in crazy costumes, 13 people jump into frigid Raquette River, raise $2,000 for Hananwa Falls Volunteer Fire Department
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 11:21 am

Parishville-Hopkinton Central School teacher Glen Clark and seniors Kinsey Paridis, Caitlin McGregor, Kelsey Charleson and Shauna Wheeler prepare to jump in the 30-degree water Saturday.Parishville-Hopkinton Central School teacher Glen Clark and seniors Kinsey Paridis, Caitlin McGregor, Kelsey Charleson and Shauna Wheeler prepare to jump in the 30-degree water Saturday.

HANNAWA FALLS – More than $2,000 was raised for the Hannawa Falls Volunteer Fire Department Saturday as 13 people -- dressed as everything from a leprechaun to an elk -- jumped into the frigid Raquette River.

“The Freezing for a Reason” event took place in 30-degree water behind The Canoe Place Inn on NYS Hwy. 56 to benefit the fire department.

Among the jumpers were a number of leprechauns, a Top Gun look-a-like, a werewolf and an Elk representing the Potsdam Elks Club.

“We want to thank all the jumpers and the volunteers who helped make this event possible,” stated Jason Rutkauskas.

“This was our first attempt at this sort of thing but we learned a lot and hope to make it an annual event. Next year we will being doing this to benefit the Colton Fire Department, whose members were a great help here today.”