The Swampscott Yacht Club held it's 9th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Fisherman's beach on January 1, 2015. The plunge has become a New Year's Day tradition in Swampscott and draws several hundred participants and spectators every year. Participants brave the chilly Atlantic Ocean waters and take an exhilarating dip to help raise funds for local charities.
Pepe Bolognese (center) accepting Polar Bear Plunge checks from Swampscott Yacht Club Commodore Tom O'Shea (right) along with member Mike Hartmann who started the event.
This year the plunge beneficiaries included long time Swampscott resident Maureen Bolognese through the Bolognese Strong Fund as well as the ALS Angel Fund. The SYC Fund Inc. distributed over $6,300 to the two funds. The Swampscott Yacht Club has a long history of community service and activities. The SYC Fund Inc. was established by the Swampscott Yacht Club with a mission to contribute funding assistance, directly and through local charities, for local community needs of education, hunger, poverty and the well being of the local community.
Since the Plunge started, it has helped raise over $80,000 for local beneficiaries. Some of the organizations that have benefited from the SYC Fund’s donations are the Swampscott Public Library, The Haven Project, Whalen Family Education Fund, Maureen Ingram Scholarship, Journeys of Hope, Jared Raymond & Jennifer Harris Memorial Scholarships, My Brothers Table, Friends of Swampscott Sailing, Legere Family Fund and The Swampscott Education Foundation.
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