Polar Bear Club Holding 13th Annual New Year’s Day Plunge at Loop Beach in Cotuit

plunge-2COTUIT – Kick off 2017 by attending The Polar Bear Club’s annual New Year’s Day plunge at Loop Beach in Cotuit.

The 13th annual event raises money for local Cape Cod charities and foundations.

Around 400 people attended the event last year and raised $8,500 for a Mashpee family whose 12 year old child was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“When we started it, we wanted to keep it local, Cape Cod,” said event organizer Frank Inzirillo. “We wanted to help out our friends and neighbors. One of the reasons why we did it on New Year’s, it’s just an awesome way to start the year.”

So far, about $600 has been raised for the swim, but Inzirillo admits that most of the money they collect is on the day of the event.  

All the funds at this year’s event will be donated to the DeLuca family of Sandwich, whose 19 year old son Dominic was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Dominic is a graduate of Sandwich High School and is currently attending the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

“It’s a great way to start the New Year,” said Inzirillo. “Everybody wants to do one of these swims, you see them on TV, but after you do it the first year, it’s not really that shocking. It’s not that bad. It’s really not that bad.”

The event starts at noon but participants are encouraged to arrive early.

The first 50 people to make a $25 donation will receive a 2017 Polar Bear Towel.

Donations can be sent by mail or hand delivered to:

The Polar Bear Club

18 Jackson Drive

Cotuit, MA 02635

Donations will also be accepted on the day of the swim.

All donations are tax deductible.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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