Manasquan polar plunge raises $75,000 for Ladacin

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People emerge from the ocean during the Ladacin Plunge in Manasquan on Saturday, Jan. 19. PHOTO BY DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS

MANASQUAN — The air temperature was 34 degrees, the water temperature, 44 degrees. All in all, not bad as more than stormed Main Beach for the 11th annual Ladacin Plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Jan. 19.

“It was great. I feel good, a little cold,” said Linda Frankshun of Tinton Falls, who oversees the Ladacin adult programs, after wading out of the water.

Her friend, Linda Josephson of Manchester, said the surf was a little rougher than usual this year. “It’s for a great cause and that’s what’s important,” she said.

More than $75,000 was raised at the event.

“Every year it gets bigger and better and this one was the most exciting of all. It’s an amazing day,” said Patricia Carlesimo, executive director of the Ladacin Network, which supports people with physical and developmental disabilities.

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