Neither leapers nor spectators let the frigid temperatures stop them from gathering at Hopatcong State Park on Saturday, February 9, for the Elks Lodge’s 10th annual Leap in the Lake.

Organized by committee chair Rick Gathen, the Leap in the Lake is run by approximately 60 volunteers. The charity event has raised close to half a million dollars to date, establishing new records this year with 20 teams, 416 leapers, and $57,675.

The funds support local special needs children through camp, back-to-school bonfires (with backpacks full of supplies), sensory friendly breakfast with Santa, Trunk or Treat, Easter and Christmas parties, and equipment including tablets, wheelchairs, and lifts. The Elks’ mission is to bring joy to the children and comfort to their parents.

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