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Viewfinder: Penguin Pledge

Sarah Perkins, of Wardsboro, Vt., is one of the first to arrive, and the first to plunge into Lake Paran in North Bennington.
Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe

This year, it was easy. Light snow, temps in the 30s, and a large crowd to cheer you on. Last year was a different story at 11 degrees below zero. But rain, snow, or bitter cold, the Penguin Plunge is held. Sarah Perkins (above), of Wardsboro, Vt., is one of the first to arrive, and the first to plunge into Lake Paran in North Bennington with her Vermont Country Store teammates. The event raised $11,500 this year for Special Olympics Vermont.

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Scarlett Duncan (left) jumped for her son Cosmo, and for Special Olympics Vermont.
Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe
Scarlett Duncan (left) jumped for her son Cosmo, and for Special Olympics Vermont.

Retha "Wander Lust" Charette (right) and Renee "Roxy Slaughter" Tower, posed for a photo before jumping into Lake Paran.
Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe
Retha "Wander Lust" Charette (right) and Renee "Roxy Slaughter" Tower, posed for a photo before jumping into Lake Paran.

The Battle Rugby team couldn’t wait to go swimming for a good cause.
Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe
The Battle Rugby team couldn’t wait to go swimming for a good cause.

Even with temperatures in the 30s, the water was still cold.
Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe
Even with temperatures in the 30s, the water was still cold.

Scarlett Duncan grabbed a kiss from her son Cosmo, before jumping into Lake Paran.
Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe
Scarlett Duncan grabbed a kiss from her son Cosmo, before jumping into Lake Paran.