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Plunging for Pink Raises Money for Cancer Research

Posted at: 02/09/2013 10:40 PM
Updated at: 02/09/2013 10:44 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- People in Austin took  the plunge today as a finale to the Paint the Town Pink festivities. The Austin area has been splattered with pink for the past ten days. Activities of all sorts working toward a common goal of raising money for cancer research.

Some of the big ones, the week started off with Paint the Rink Pink and the girls basketball team painted the gym pink. This is the first year Paint the Town Pink ended with a big splash.

"I think it's a great finale. I've always wanted to plunge and never got to," said plunger Judy Enright

More than a hundred people showed up to make the plunge for the cure. The proceeds help fund cancer research at the Hormel Institute.

"I woke up cold this morning," said Enright.

Enright lost her mom to cancer 12 years ago and has been fundraising all week long.

"Cancer touches everybody and we're so lucky to have the Hormel Institute right in our community and it's great that the communities came together to support it," said Enright.

Hundreds came out to show their community support.

"We had a few teams that were plus $4000 and plus $3000 so we're hoping for a big number," said Vision 2020 Waterways Committee member Joe Muzik.

Among the plungers today was our very own ABC 6 News Reporter Brittany Lewis.

"All in all, I think from what I could tell everyone had a great time and everybody ended up safe so we raised some good money and that's the main thing," said Muzik.

"We'll just keep doing a bigger and better job every year," said Enright.

The money raised for the "Plunging for Pink" event has yet to be counted because the festivities are not quite over.