VHS ’76 Grad Plans Polar Bear Plunge

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David Coppola (right), with a Special Olympics friend.
David Coppola (right), with a Special Olympics friend.
While most of us can’t even contemplate going outside today in freezing rain, David Coppola is planning a trip into the Seaside Heights surf in February.

Coppola, who graduated Verona High School with the class of 1976, will be participating in the Polar Bear Plunge in that shore town on February 25, 2017. This is one of the major fundraisers for Special Olympics New Jersey, which provides training and athletic competition in sports from alpine skiing to volleyball for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The 2017 Plunge will be Coppola’s seventh. “I have helped special people for many years,” he says simply, though his Plunge fundraising total so far is anything but: $25,000. And Special Olympians aren’t the only people he’s helping. Coppola is now the director of development at Emmaus For Veterans, which is working to build a living and training space for homeless veterans in Philipsburg, N.J. The 8,000-square-foot building will house approximately 50 vets and will be set up to teach various trades to the vets in residence.

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Coppola’s Polar Bear Plunge goal this year is $8,500 and you can help him reach–or exceed–it by donating here.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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