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    Jessica Biel takes the plunge to help Wellesley family

    “Elodie, this one’s for you?” Jessica Biel said before jumping into a pool with her clothes on.
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    “Elodie, this one’s for you?” Jessica Biel said before jumping into a pool with her clothes on.

    Actress Jessica Biel — some of you may know her as Mrs. Justin Timberlake — celebrated her 36th birthday by jumping into a pool with her clothes on.

    Why would she do such a thing? Because Biel was helping raise money to benefit Wellesley native Emily Kubik’s daughter, Elodie, who suffers from a genetic tissue disorder called epidermolysis bullosa.

    “Elodie, this one’s for you?” Biel says just before jumping into the pool.

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    Meanwhile, a group of Kubik’s close friends and former classmates from Wellesley — one of whom became friends with Biel when they were students at Tufts — dashed into icier waters for young Elodie. The Plunge for Elodie — the first Boston-area EB fund-raiser — had been due to take place in Hingham, but the high seas generated by the recent severe weather prompted the group to relocate to Morses Pond in Wellesley.

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    Thanks in part to Biel’s endorsement, the Plunge for Elodie has raised $143,000 — all of which goes to the EB Research Partnership.

    Here’s Biel taking the plunge.