A group of local animal lovers and their friends will be jumping into the cold water to kick off the New Year tomorrow to raise money for charity.  The Hope Rescues Animal Shelter, which was founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, gives pets a second chance at happy lives with loving families.  Tomorrow, it will benefit from the efforts of those participating in the Polar Plunge at the lake at Gordon Moore Park.

Co-organizer Alison Dreith says the plunge begins at noon.

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Monetary donations to Hope Rescues may be made directly to the shelter though their website, or given to those involved in the plunge itself.  If you plan on donating via the website, the organizers of this event ask that you include the word "plunge" in order to help them determine the amount they are able to raise.  You can find a link to the Hope Rescues website here: http://www.hoperescues.com

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