Taking the plunge


Michelle Thomasini/Daily Globe

Area children and their parents gather eggs at an Easter egg hunt hosted by the Bessemer Chamber of Commerce Saturday at Washington Elementary School in Bessemer.

WAKEFIELD — Regional Hospice’s seventh annual Polar Plunge saw an increase in plungers and donations this year at Saturday’s event in Wakefield.

Forty-one brave souls plunged into the cold waters of Sunday Lake, including two entries in the scaredy-cat category, which requires participants to only go in up to their knees. “We broke the record for jumpers,” said Mary Oberto, of Regional Hospice in Bessemer. “We had 41, the most we’ve ever had.” Oberto organized the event with Kathy Maki of Regional Hospice.

Through pledges collected by plungers and donations from local busine...

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