Millway Beach Polar Plunge to Benefit Cape Wildlife

BARNSTABLE – The Millway Beach Polar Plunge will once again take place New Years day, and this year’s proceeds will go towards Cape Wildlife, a local organization that has been rescuing and treating wildlife from throughout Cape Cod since 2000.

Cape Wildlife was slated to close in November after the Humane Society of the United States decided to pull funding for the center. A grant from the Pegasus Foundation will keep the doors open until March, hopefully buying some time for interested parties to develop a plan to keep the operation running; and organizers for the plunge hope their fundraising efforts can help stave off closure for even longer.

“Without them (injured wildlife) have to go off Cape and they’re probably not going to make it,” said Millway Beach Polar Plunge organizer Ed Robinson said.

Fundraising has always been at the heart of the Millway Beach plunge, which has grown dramatically since its humble beginnings.

“It’s a lot of fun, and it’s amazing how bit it’s become over the years,” Robinson said. “We probably started with maybe 15 people, now it’s close to 150 and there’s probably another 300 people down on the beach.”

To enhance fundraising efforts, t-shirts will be sold at the event for $20, and businesses and individuals can become sponsors. For a $100 donation, the donors name or business name will be printed on the shirt.

Sponsorship checks should be made out to The Pegasus Foundation, and sponsors should make sure to write “Cape Wildlife” on the memo line.

For more information on donating and sponsorships, contact Ann Canedy at acanedy@comcast.net; or call 508-362-4561.

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