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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vignettes from Vermont: Plunge It Up!

Kolby Hoyt wants your donations. Call (802) 379-0717

BENNINGTON -- At least 6 teams and several individuals have signed up to become human popsicles during the 2013 Penguin Plunge at Lake Paran in North B.

One of the courageous plungers is Kolby Hoyt, the boy sitting on the carpeted floor of the Graffiti Vault at Fiddlehead at Four Corners art gallery in downtown Bennington. Kolby stopped into Fiddlehead last week seeking donations for the January 26 plunge and chalked his name and phone number on the wall for anyone who wants to call and contribute.

Aaron Sawyer, a producer at WBTN radio in Bennington ...




... came to the old marble bank a day earlier and chalked it up in the Graffiti Vault then asked Art Gallery Dude if he could hang a Penguin Plunge poster in the foyer ...




... and that poster now hangs on a wall in the foyer.

Sawyer also left a Penguin Plunge donation jar on the Fiddlehead counter ...




... for the next time you're in the gallery and want to donate to a great cause.

This morning, Sawyer told AGD that at least 7 teams, including WBTN, have signed up for the Penguin Plunge, which benefits the Special Olympics.

WBTN, Sawyer said, has raised at least $300. Teams or individuals have until January 25 to sign up at www.penguinplunge.org. Organizers are asking each team to raise at least $100 (not required, however) while individuals are asked to raise at least $25.

Fiddlehead's donation boosted Kolby Hoyt's total to $65, so he was pretty stoked.

This Friday (January 18) from 8 to 9 a.m., WBTN is hosting a pre-plunge pool party in front of its station on Harwood Hill Road. The Bennington Rural Fire Department will fill a large pool with cold water. Everyone is welcome to plunge in and popsicle themselves.

Got questions? Call WBTN at (802) 442-6321.