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Taking the plunge

April 26, 2014
Weirton Daily Times
Friends Danielle Sheets, in black T-shirt, of Newell, and Alicia Woodworth, of Irondale, emerge from the Ohio River at Broadway Wharf in East Liverpool Thursday to participate in the 24-hour cold water challenge. The nationwide Facebook event has friends nominate each other to either donate $100 to a preferred charity within 24 hours or take a plunge in a local body of cold water. The act must be videotaped and posted to Facebook, said Betty Patterson, of Calcutta. Proof of the donation also must be posted to Facebook. Patterson took the plunge two days in a row on behalf of her niece, Danielle Mellinger, who has Angelman Syndrome. Before going into the water, a participant must 'call out' five friends to do the same thing. Patterson said the water's temperature was measured Wednesday at 53 degrees. -- Stephen Huba

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