How far would you go to raise money for a cause you care about? Faculty members at Broome Community College took their passion for their students to the extreme Thursday during the campus' first ever Polar Plunge. Our Melissa Kakareka was there to see how long they could stay in the icy water.
DICKINSON, N.Y. -- It's not summertime, but five faculty members from Broome Community College were "chilling" by the pool Thursday.
Cheered on by students and fellow staff members, they plunged themselves into a small pool filled with ice and 46 degree water for BCC's first ever polar plunge.
"It's actually exhilarating, even though I'm freezing to death. And yes, it's worth it. Anything for the students of BCC," said BCC Hospitality Programs Department Chair and Professor Rey Wojdat.
Associate Professor Wes Warren stayed in the water the longest. His total time was 6 minutes and 45 seconds.
"As soon as I got in, I could not feel my feet and after about a minute I could not feel my knees," said BCC Criminal Justice Department Associate Professor and Chair Wes Warren.
Each person had previously asked for $10 pledges to make the initial plunge and an additional $1 for every five seconds they stayed in the water. Each staff member was raising money for a specific cause, like the BCC Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund, the BCC Lee Skorko Scholarship Fund and Toys for Tots.
"It was great to be with my colleagues who were all raising money for the same cause, raising money for various benefits," said Department of Information Technology Services Programmer/Analyst Meigo Kao.
"We love our students. We always ask them to do stuff, so now we decided we have to do something too, not just always ask them to sacrifice for the community," said Wojdat.
And the low temperature hasn't frozen their desire to do it again. Faculty say they hope to make the polar plunge an annual event.