The Bristol Press – Teams have been chosen for the annual Sloper Plunge, which raises funds so families in need can send children to camp

SOUTHINGTON – Teams are forming for the 17th annual Sloper Plunge, which will see groups jump into the cold waters of Sloper Pond. The event raises funds so families in need can send their children to Camp Sloper this summer.

The Sloper Plunge will be held on Saturday February 26 at 1 pm at the Camp Sloper YMCA at 1000 East St. This year, the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA is hoping to raise $ 80,000 to provide financial assistance to families wishing to send their children to camp. Slope.

Mark Pooler, CEO of the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA, said it was his favorite time of year due to the “big buzz” around Sloper Plunge.

Last year, Sloper Plunge was held without spectators or teams jumping 30 minutes apart due to covid-19 restrictions at the time. This year, spectators will be back.

“The past year has been great, but we missed the fans cheering on the people and the feeling of community as the teams cheer each other up when they come out of the water,” Pooler said. “We plan to pick it up in person this year and will continue to monitor and see where things end. Hopefully we can all safely gather outside with protocols in place to keep people safe. ”

Pooler said the Sloper Plunge always receives “wonderful” community support.

“Everyone seems to really come together with the cause of sending children to camp, especially after the past two years and the challenges for children with the pandemic,” he said.

Justin Hubeny, director of the outdoor center at YMCA Camp Sloper, said Sloper Plunge is a “grassroots” fundraiser in town, which plays “a huge role in sending kids to day camp during summer.

“All children deserve the opportunity to experience the magic of summer camp. The Sloper Plunge gives children the opportunity to come to camp who otherwise would not be able to afford it, ”he said.

People can find a list of teams they can support at This year, 13 teams are participating.

A new team this year is “Team Brian – Making it Happen”, which was created in memory of former Education Council Chairman Brian Goralski, who died on September 2 following a battle with cancer. The team is chaired by Brian Goralski’s wife, Cathy Goralski, and children Andrew and Jessica.

“Everyone who knew Brian knew that his personal, civic and professional life was primarily centered around children and young people,” said Cathy Goralski. “They all know Brian has always been ‘hard’. Our team’s hope is that donors emulate the spirit of these two values, not only to honor Brian’s legacy, but more importantly to donate generously to this incredible community effort that helps send children to camp.

Other participating teams include the Southington YMCA and Cheshire YMCA, Southington Police and Fire, Southington Public Schools and Cheshire Public Schools, Southington Politicians and Cheshire Politicians, Southington High School Football, Team Lake Compounce, Leaping Ladies and Hartford HealthCare.

Those interested in joining a Southington team can email Pooler at [email protected] He can then connect people to the team or captain of their choice. To join a Cheshire team, email Doug Levens at [email protected] Participants must be 18 years old, know how to swim and collect $ 100 in donations.

This year’s Sloper Plunge is sponsored by title sponsor Maximum Sound & Security as well as East Coast Mechanical, Inc., All Waste and The Fire Place.

“The Sloper Plunge is one of my favorite events in Southington,” said Ralph Campochairo, owner of sponsor Maximum Sound & Security. “It’s a great cause and what could be better than helping children and families in need. I chose to support the event because I know the YMCA is doing good things for our community.

The YMCA is currently seeking additional sponsors. For more information on sponsorship, email Julie Gianesini at [email protected]

To donate in support of Sloper Plunge, visit or send a check payable to Southington Community YMCA to: Southington Community YMCA Attn: Julie Gianesini 29 High St. Southington, CT 06489. Those who send checks are requested to note “Sloper Plunge” in the memo field.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Monday, December 27, 2021 2:00 PM. Update: Monday, December 27, 2021 2:02 p.m.

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