The annual Baldwinsville New York Big Chill 2020 was a huge success, as well as a tad bit chilly, BUT I didn’t see one person without a huge smile! Picture it: it was Saturday January 18th, 2020, a balmy 35 degrees (could have been colder but we tried not to think of it). We had a total of 85 people that braved the chilly waters of the Seneca River! Everyone stayed warm in an awesome tent set up with changing rooms, only to run out to the fun music of their choice, some in awesome costumes, and LEAP into the river.
What’s the point of this you ask!? The humans that were involved, from plungers, to staff, to other businesses, to rescue teams, to those that donated, all played an impactful role in the word “community”. The top three plunge teams that raised the most in donations, got to donate a portion of the proceeds to the charity of their choice. If that doesn’t tell you that this Baldwinsville community is awesome, I’m not sure what does!
The top three plunge teams included:
1st - VFW Post 153= $5,389.00 =8th Floor of the Syracuse VA Hospital
2nd - Anita's Army= $4,960.00 =Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
3rd - WT Brews Crew= $3,140.00 = VFW Post 153 Veterans Food Pantry
If you were curiously wondering what else was inside of that tent besides warm air, it was the Best in Bowl food competition as well as all sorts of vendors with goodies, food, and other treats! Apparently, this was a very close call in this competition of food wars! Angry Garlic beat The Wood Golf & Country Club, just by a hair on their chinny-chin-chin of just 2 votes! Those that came to cheer on the plungers truly enjoyed this, plungers were able to get in for free to try the different foods, and everyone stayed warmed up!
Now, just when you think it might end there, you’re wrong. Baldwinsville knows how to have a good time! After the Big Chill and Best in Bowl, there was the Poker Bear Express Pub crawl! Some of us are still recovering from this as it was seriously such a great time! Folks pay to get a poker score card and walk (although I did see a few stumbles toward the end) at least 5 different locations to draw a playing card to make the best poker hand. The list of locations included: Pizza Man Pub, Angry Garlic, WT Brews, The Chef & The Cook, Sammy Malone’s, and Sal’s Pizza & Restaurant. Here in Baldwinsville we don’t discriminate between being a winner or a loser-you still get a prize simply for joining us and having a great time! The best hand wins a cash prize and gift card to each participating location. Worst hand wins a gift card to a participating location, and if you visited more than just 5 locations (this means all 6 participating bars), you will be entered into a random drawing for even more gift cards to the participating locations! The winner of the 2020 Poker Bear Express Pub Crawl was Mary F. The loser (even though still a winner in our hearts), was Mike V. Tons of other prizes were also given out!
This was seriously such a great time. If you missed out this year, you HAVE to check it out in 2021! Maybe by then global warming will have taken over and jumping into the river will be more of a warm bath! We’d still do it anyway even if it’s iced over! All for the love, heart, home, and community that Baldwinsville NY has shown to everyone!
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