MDA Turkey Dip held at Quaddick Lake

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Tue., Nov. 29, 2011
(L-r) Wonderwomen Elizabeth, Emily and Kelly Gibeault get ready to dip. Photos by D. Coffey.
(L-r) Wonderwomen Elizabeth, Emily and Kelly Gibeault get ready to dip. Photos by D. Coffey.

More than 200 hardy souls took a dip in the chilly waters of Quaddick Lake on Thanksgiving morning to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Chairperson Jim Mahoney said the event brought in more than $30,000. “The money stays in this side of the state,” he said. “It goes to camps for kids, wheelchairs, and a lot of it goes to research. They're giving these kids 10 more years. You tell me that it isn't worth all this money to have your loved one with you for another 10 years.”

Gary Osbrey and John Wilbur set up the WINY booth at 6 a.m. Greg Bugby and Patrick Kuhn of Upbeat DJ provided tunes to stay warm by. Coffee, hot chocolate, blankets - and more than 600 “moral supporters” - provided inspiration to the dippers, as temperatures hovered in the 30-degree range.

At 8 a.m., the line of dippers stretched from one end of the beach to the other. On cue, they ran into the water, kicking and splashing. Most of them ran screaming back to shore as soon as they could. Only a few stayed in for more than a few minutes.

Groups from Marianapolis Preparatory School, United Natural Foods, and Anytime Fitness braved the waters en masse. Jeff Lajoie participated in his first dip when he was 5 years old. This year marked his 18th Thanksgiving Day dip.

Kelly Gibeault and her daughters, Elizabeth and Emily, were there for their fourth dip. “It's a good cause. It's great fun, and it makes for great turkey talk later,” she said.

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