2014 Leprechaun Plunge raised $90K for charity

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The money raised during South Hadley’s Leprechaun Plunge two weeks ago was distributed Sunday to worthwhile agencies.

Several hundred people helped raise some $90,000 when they took the plunge into the Connecticut River.

Sunday at Brunelle’s Marina, they enjoyed knowing the money will help the Jimmy Fund, the Springfield Shriner’s Hospital, and the South Hadley Food Pantry, among others.

Leprechaun Plunge founder Russell Sawyer told 22News, he’s glad he got the idea.

Sawyer said, “I guess it all started with my daughter, she diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma cancer, and three years ago had a stem cell transplant. So now we are raising money for all kinds of charities.”

Some of the beneficiaries from this fund raising winter plunge are the Pioneer Valley USO, and several South Hadley programs for young people.

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