Leap raises $15,000 for Literacy Center: Event winners named

This year’s annual Leprechaun Leap to raise money for the Milford Literacy Center consisted of 109 registered participants, who braved the cold water to help raise more than $15,000.

Center Director Tami Jackson said there were $10,500 in pledges, plus $4,200 from sponsors and $400 from schools, where students paid $1 to wear green on Friday. And funds are still coming in.

The water was 36.2 degrees on Sunday, when the Leap took place at Walnut Beach.

“This is our 10th Leap anniversary,” Jackson said, “And we’re celebrating 20 years with the Literacy Center. It's a great year for us.”

The following are the winners from the day’s event:

Best Costume, Rich Gorman

Most Enthusiastic, Pediacare of Shelton

Group Theme, Subway

Best Looking Leprechaun, Jeanette Call

Leaper King, Marcus Sopher

Leaper Queen, Betty Gerner

Largest Group of Leapers, JLHS Key Club

Highest Group Pledges, Subway with $1,774

Bravest Jr. Leaper, Andrew Tranquilli

Favorite Literacy Leaper, Rock On Girls

First in Water, Jocelyn Grzywacz

First out of Water, Billy Grzywecz

Best Tailgate Party, Welcome to the Beach Box truck

Longest Leaper, The Bulls

Most Supportive Leaper, Kiwanis

Civic Leapers, Sam Bergami and Milford Rotary

Honorable Leaper, Abby the Labby