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Veteran jumpers raise funds for Apr. 29 Tyrtle Beach event

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Principal Kelley Meade and Dave Taylor Smith in studio

Michael T. Baldwin reports

BATH – Two veteran jumpers showed up Friday at the WVIN-FM radio station to urge listeners
– and people across central Steuben County – to donate to the Tyrtle Beach fundraiser, now in its
31st year.

Campbell-Savona Central School Principal Kelley Meade and Bath Central School Superintendent Joe Rumsey joined radio personality Dave Taylor Smith to take pledges during their two-hour stint.

Superintendent Joe Rumsey

Their efforts added nearly $1,000 to the $9,047 raised since Apr. 1 through various contributions.

Set for 5:30-7 pm, Apr. 29 on Lake Salubria in the Town of Bath, the event will feature Bath
Central School Music Director Neil Bryson as the Tyrtle Beach Jumper.

A popular springtime tradition in Steuben since Smith created the event as the original jumper in 1992, the fundraiser has raised more than $760,000 for youth programs in central Steuben in 30 years. County Legislator Kelly Fitzpatrick, R-Bath raised more than $22,000 in 2021 by staging a triathlete entry into the glacial lake.

For more information and information on donations visit the Tyrtle Beach website
( or Facebook page at or call county Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill at (607) 664-2119.

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