the north face redpoint jacket A plethora of plunges plannedacross the North Shore
Peopleall over the North Shore will strip down to their swimsuits and jump into the Atlantic in the coming weeks, as they brave the cold for a host of good causes. Monday, Jan. 1.
“The camaraderie, the fact that it’s open to the town and it brings ina lot of friendly faces you might not see as the summer goes away is a good chance for families to come together to challenge themselves knowing that they’re doing it for a good cause,” CommodoreBill Sullivan said.
This year’s plunge has two beneficiaries. Landscape designerSusan Balleza, a mother of four, has beensuffering for almost two years with Lyme disease that presents as ALS. The disease has left her paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak. Proceeds will help her family with round the clock nursing care, medicine, and other health care costs.
Money raised will also go toward a college fund for the children of Jennifer Hamilton, who died this year after battling breast cancer.
Swampscott Yacht Club’s Polar Plungehas raised more than $100,000 for local charities since its inception. Past beneficiaries include the Swampscott Library, The Haven Project, The Friends of Swampscott Sailing, My Brother’s Table, The Jared Raymond and Jennifer Harris Scholarship Funds, The Legere Family Education Fund, Journeys of Hope, The Maureen Ingram Scholarship Fund, the Swampscott Education Foundation and the Whelan Education Fund.
“There’s a good begets good mentality here,” Sullivan said. “We’re a small club but to be able to do this feels good inside the club, butwe alsoknow we’re doing it for the community so it’s a win win.”
The Swampscott plunge is just one of several coming up.
Plunge 4 Pete
Cape Ann will have its sixth annual Plunge 4 Pete on Saturday, Dec. on Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester. After the plunge, all are welcome to Bass Rocks for a celebration and awards ceremony with food, music and a cash bar.
Freshwater Cove Polar Bear Swim
The ninth annual Freshwater Cove Polar Bear Swim will be held onMonday, Jan. The dip will start atnoon. The Freshwater Cove Village residents and their guests will jump intothe cove, at the bottom of Waterside Lane in Gloucester. Organizers suggest wearing aqua socks or old sneakers.
Before the plunge, there will be a New Year’s toast and food. Heaters and a fire pit will be available for warming up afterward.
Freeze Your Tush Off
The ninth annual Freeze Your Tush Off for Charity ocean dip will take place on Jan. at the Winter Island boat ramp, 50 Winter Island Road, Salem. Since its inception, the has raised nearly $20,000 for the Salem Pantry. Donations of cash, checks and canned/staple goods will be accepted. Representatives from the pantry will be on hand to accept donations and provide tax receipts if requested. Raffles and refreshments will be available in the function hall.
Rocky Neck New Year’s Day Plunge
The Rocky Neck New Year’s Day Plunge will take place on Jan. at Oaks Cove Beach off of Stevens Way, Gloucester. Organizers will collect nonperishable food donations for the Open Door at the beach entrance.