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YMCA’s Holiday Plunge to Make Programs More Affordable for Those in Need

(Photo Credit Glenn Woodell, courtesy YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas)
(Photo Credit Glenn Woodell, courtesy YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas)

FORT MONROE — “Y” not jump into some cold water to support the YMCA and make its programs accessible to underprivileged children?

The 5th Annual Holiday Plunge is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 11) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Paradise Ocean Club, 490 Fenwick Road at Fort Monroe, according to a press release from the Fort Monroe YMCA.

Participants will brave the cold water of the Chesapeake Bay to raise money to support the YMCA’s Guardian Program. The Guardian Program allows for the YMCA to lower membership and program fees for those in need.

“This scholarship fund ensures all children experience summer camp at Fort Monroe regardless of the family’s financial situation,” said Adam Klutts, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas. “What better way to celebrate the holiday season and get into the spirit of giving than by taking the plunge and giving a child a week or two at summer camp?”

Registration for the Holiday Plunge is open to everyone, and can be completed online.

Participants must raise at least $125 through sponsorships from family and friends to join the plunge. All participants will receive a t-shirt, and those who raise at least $300 in sponsorships will get a hoodie.

Anyone who raises more than $1,000 will receive a special recognition.

Everyone who attends – including plungers and their sponsors – are welcome to stay and warm up with coffee, hot chocolate and more after the plunge.

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