Support Tom Coleman in the 2020 14th Annual Valentine Plunge

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A message from Tom Coleman

In Loving Memory

Anne Torrey Coleman

October 1, 1938 – October 2, 2008


I remember it like yesterday; Anne was playing with her grandchildren, enjoying the beach and rooting on her beloved Tar Heels with her husband Wilkes. I can’t imagine how excited she would be to meet her first great grandchildren and see the Tar Heels battle for another championship. For two years she battled ALS valiantly but inevitably fell victim to this dreaded disease in October, 2008.


When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked...
and wanted to say thanks for all the things
I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.
 --- Anonymous

On February 1, 2020 the 14th Annual Valentine Plunge brings together a brotherhood of family, friends, community and heart!  Each one of you is needed to make that day a "fun-draising" success.

Jumping in 32 degree water in the middle of the winter has to be the stupidest idea ever. The icy plunge goes against all of your natural instincts but most of us are going out for the thirteenth year in a row as an act of solidarity with our local PALS (People with ALS) because they are conquering immensely greater fears every minute of every day. The spirit of the day is incredibly uplifting. To see hundreds of people come together to help their neighbors in need is just beautiful.

The "plunge" we're asking you to make doesn't involve freezing cold water -- but it will make a big splash in the lives of our PALS. Simply click the "Donate" button above to make a secure online donation today.  

Thanks for joining the family!

- Tom Coleman



Susan Douglas

Kerry Dougherty



William Wells

I love your passion Tom. All the best to your entire team.

Tracy Townsend

Bryan Morgan

David Van Buskirk

Donald Barder

Paul Jordan

Kevin Bormida

Laura Bauer

Jason Martin

Keep fighting Mike Clancy and Barbara Meccia!

David Scully

Good work Uncle Tom. Keep it up!

Jim Hansen

In loving memory of Annie. From Kerry and I. We love you bud, JTSSS

Jerry Winchester

Richard Hauter

Thomas Massaro

Patrick Mastrorilli

Mark DiStefano

Virginia Papa-Horning


Happy Plunging Coleman!


Jim Moran

Lori Capaccio

Good Luck Tom! Lori Capaccio

John Pattarozzi

Serafino Catapano

Amy Marmora

In memory of Lauren Jacobsen-Wher

Wilkes Coleman

Anne Coleman

John & Maria Melone

Happy to donate to this great cause!

Kevin Leys

In memory of brother David Leys who lost his fight with ALS in August 2018

Leslie & Mike Melone

David Norton

In support of Tom Coleman and the memory of his mother, Anne Torrey Coleman.

Scott Kobil

Jim Jurkovec

Justin Johnson


Kevin Warner

Gregg Miller

Terence Flanagan

Peter Fojtik

David & Karen Van Buskirk

Our friends Mort Steiman from Los Angeles and Bill Aranguren from Ocean, NJ

Dana Hobson

In Memory of Anne Coleman

Doug Nagy

Brian Gates


Matt Regan

Dennis Rogers

Jeffrey Cox

Andrew Obrien

Charles Lang

J Scott Kleppe

Doug & Jocelyn Staebler

Walter Armstrong

Scott Vigil

To support Mick Palmesano in his fight. To honor all those who suffered with ALS and have moved on to be with God.

Paul Marmora

Christopher Brown

Toni Ullery

Stephen Colyer

Laurie Davis

Good luck, Tom!! Kick butt! -Bonnet

Jim Bourke

Kelly Kranstuber

Sue Bechtold

My dear friend Anne Coleman

David Payne

Keep up the great work Tom

Scott Kranstuber

Thomas Rechlin

For Tom's mother Anne

Eric Swartley