For seven years, Bob Miller, the veteran morning host at 92.9 WBPM-FM, has been jumping into frigid waters as a way to raise money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The broadcaster conceived of the “Subzero Heroes” idea several years ago after his father-in-law, Salvatore Cavalieri, developed Alzheimer’s disease.
Miller said, as a caregiver, it was difficult watching the former Ossining police officer deteriorate daily. After his death, Miller resolved to do something in his memory, so he pitched the idea to WBPM’s leadership, and it resonated.
This year, Miller raised $18,000 and was outdone only by Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, who brought in nearly $20,000. All told, 88 participants raised $100,000 at the 2018 event.
Subzero Heroes, which resembles a winter tailgate party, typically takes place at Berean Park in Highland each February.