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Employees Jump at Annual Leprechaun Plunge

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Leprechaun Plunge, Springfield    Staff and friends of Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Springfield took a plunge is the chilly waters of the Connecticut River to raise funds for the pediatric orthopaedic hospital.  

(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) The Connecticut River is the largest and longest river in New England. On Sunday, March 11, the Connecticut River in Massachusetts was a chilly 38 degrees, but that didn’t stop nearly 300 enthusiastic plungers from jumping into the water. All in the name of a good cause, of course. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield was one of six charities named as a beneficiary of proceeds from the 3rd Annual Leprechaun Plunge.

Lephrechaun Plunge, SpringfieldThe festive frolic started with a parade of costumed participants and culminated with a dip (some actually dove in and swam) into the icy cold waters of the river, with Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley, Mass., serving as the backdrop.

Team Shriners, led by Karen Motyka of donor relations, donned sweatshirts printed with “Ask Me About Shriners Hospital.” Other team included Michelle Salva (nursing education), Joan Tuber (surgical services)  Lynn Carney (operating room), Liz Moriarity (operating room) and her husband John, Jodi Terrell (operating room),  Brad Lachut, Esq., (hospital Board of Governors), Paul Godin (radiology) and hospital friends David Ellis and Jerry Rushford. Team Shriners also included some very special supporters of the hospital: Ann Malloy, mother of patient Peyton and Peyton’s tutor, Jen.

The plunge raised just over $78,200, exceeding the initial goal of $50,000. The hospital received nearly half of the funds raised from the event — $35,382. Proceeds will go a long way in continuing the hospital's efforts of providing outstanding care for our patients and their families. We thank Luke Brunelle of Brunelle’s Marina and the Leprechaun Plunge for Charities Committee for all their efforts to make the Plunge an outstanding success!

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs to medical professionals.  Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay. For more information, visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

For more information about the Springfield, Mass., location visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/springfield.