Patchogue to have first 'polar plunge' for charity
Patchogue Young Professionals will host the first polar plunge in Patchogue on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Patchogue to have first 'polar plunge' for charity

Story By: GLENN ROHRBACKER
11/27/2019


Patchogue will be home to its inaugural polar plunge to raise money for a local charity on Saturday, Dec. 7. The event, hosted by the Patchogue Young Professionals (PYP), will benefit the Kris Kringle Fund.

PYP held a networking fundraiser to benefit Kris Kringle last year but wanted to up their game for this holiday season. A polar plunge is an event where participants will run into a certain body of water during the winter despite cold water temperatures. One of the largest plunges in the country is right in Long Beach, where people come from all over to jump into the cold water on Super Bowl Sunday.

Patchogue’s event will be held at Sandspit Marina. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.; the plunge is at 10 a.m. The Bean of Patchogue will be serving up hot coffee and tea for participants to warm up as much as possible. There is a minimum $30 donation to participate, but organizers encourage you to donate more and find others to donate for you. Bring your own towels for drying off.

PYP are hoping to have some local elected officials participate in the event, and so far councilman Neil Foley has confirmed he will be plunging. Overall, PYP are hoping to have at least 50 participants.

After the plunge, there will be a “defrost” afterparty at Patchogue Beer Project. Participants in the plunge will earn free entry and a free beer. Non-plungers can enter with a $20 donation, which also includes a free beer.

The Kris Kringle Fund serves to offer hope through financial support to fellow community families who were on the right path in life but, often through circumstances beyond their control, have experienced hardship and found themselves marooned. The fund’s goal is to identify the needs of each individual family and to offer an opportunity to move forward with renewed hope. The Kris Kringle team organizes community events throughout the year to raise money for families in need. For more information or to sign up to plunge, visit www.patchogueyoungprofessionals.com.