Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Freeze your (bleep) off for a good cause

The 3rd Holiday Plunge fundraising event is at Fort Monroe on Saturday, Dec. 14. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the 3rd Annual Freezin' at the Fort Facebook event page)
The 3rd Holiday Plunge fundraising event is at Fort Monroe on Saturday, Dec. 14. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the 3rd Annual Freezin’ at the Fort Facebook event page)

The Fort Monroe YMCA is hosting its annual Holiday Plunge at Paradise Ocean Club in Hampton in mid-December.

“Brave participants of all ages will plunge into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for the YMCA Guardian Program, a scholarship fund which ensures all children get to experience Summer Camp at Fort Monroe regardless of the family’s financial situation,” according to the Holiday Plunge event on the Fort Monroe YMCA website. “What better way to celebrate the holiday season and get into the spirit of giving than by taking the plunge to give a child a week or two at Summer Camp.”

It’s  free to register for members and non-members, but in order to plunge, participants have to raise a minimum of $100. Register for the Holiday Plunge here.

In addition, participants are encouraged to wear creative, holiday themed costumes such as Santa, reindeer, elf and snowman and must go completely under the water for it to be considered a plunge, according to the Facebook event page.

The 3rd Annual Holiday Plunge is at Paradise Ocean Club, 490 Fenwick Road, on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants must be ready to plunge at 11 a.m. sharp. Hot beverages and warm food will be available after the plunge.

In order to watch the Holiday Plunge, spectators must sponsor a participant.

For more information about the Holiday Plunge, visit the Fort Monroe YMCA website or email Pete Kovalcik at pete.kovalcik@peninsulaymca.org. You can also visit the 3rd Annual Freezin’ at the Fort Holiday Plunge Facebook event page.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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