Our beneficiaries this year are two local families, both of which share a common theme. A mother’s love, and how moms are integral in the fabric of our communities.
Susan Balleza, mother of four, has been a quiet, dependable volunteer for our town, whose landscape design in the Monument District has benefitted all of us. She is a beautiful person, who without fanfare has made our town a more beautiful place. Currently suffering for almost two years with Lyme Disease that presents as ALS, she is paralyzed from the neck down, and unable to speak. Round the clock nursing care, medicines, and battles with insurance have left the family needing help. They are deeply grateful for the community’s support.
When asked what people remember about Jennifer Hamilton, the first thing most people mention is her smile. A woman who simply radiated warmth and love, Jennifer left behind two elementary aged children this year after her courageous battle with breast cancer. In memory of a beautiful person who enriched the lives of every person she met, a college fund has been created for her children as their education was of paramount importance to her. Her husband and family truly appreciate the support received by their home town.
Please come down on January 1st to support this year’s plunge beneficiaries! The first 100 plunge donations of $25 or more will receive a Plunge T-Shirt. Hope to see you there for a nice dip in the ocean to ring in 2018!
The Polar Bear Plunge has raised over $100,000 for local charities since it began. Past beneficiaries have included: 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.