Dozens take part in twenty fifth annual Penguin Plunge benefiting Humane Society of Harrisburg Space

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Dozens of individuals took a plunge into the Susquehanna River on Saturday, Jan. 1.

The Humane Society of Harrisburg Space held its twenty fifth annual Penguin Plunge on Metropolis Island.

It’s an enormous fundraiser for the nonprofit, all to profit homeless pets within the space.

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2022 is off to a moist begin. Because the rain got here down, some individuals went headfirst into the river for trigger.

Even a gaggle of males in fits took the plunge. They might not have gotten the proper memo.

“Amy instructed me to come back down, that we needed to wade by it. I assumed she meant paperwork. I assumed it was a gathering,” joked Zachary Khuri, board member of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Space.

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It was a gathering, sure, simply of individuals in wacky outfits elevating cash to assist animals on the Humane Society of Harrisburg Space.

“A number of of us have adopted from the Humane Society they usually’ve turn into a part of the household. However there’s many extra there that want without end houses,” Khuri mentioned. “This raises some huge cash. It helps us care for them. It helps place them.”

Khuri has been taking the plunge for 10 years.

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“First time in a swimsuit. We’ve executed it a few years in swim trunks however like I mentioned, we’re all enterprise this 12 months,” Khuri mentioned.

“That is my twelfth 12 months doing this. My husband and I’ve rescue dogs and we’re actually huge proponents of simply the rescue system,” mentioned Mary Ann Furedi, wearing a banana outfit along with her sister.

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Bananas and businessmen apart, the true stars are in fact the dogs, specifically an American Bully named Hippo, who was adopted from the Humane Society in February of 2020.

“He’s this 12 months’s plunge dog, so he, together with Steph Brooks of Purple 102.3 competed to boost cash for the Harrisburg Humane Society this 12 months and he raised about $1,575 as far as of this morning,” mentioned his proprietor, Kelly Martin.

As of Saturday night time, almost $18,000 {dollars} has been raised out of the objective of $25,000.

“The Humane Society simply does nice work. They discover nice houses for nice animals and so it’s all the time simply nice to help them and that is only a enjoyable technique to do it,” Martin mentioned.

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