Hundreds braved 40-something degree water on New Year’s Day as thousands more watched during Brigantine’s 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge, which benefited the Fisher House Foundation to provide housing and transportation to wounded military personnel and their families.
Donations from individuals, sponsors and civic groups, and proceeds from merchandise sales are still being tallied, but the event committee is hoping to break last year’s total of $47,000 and top the $60,000 mark. An after-party at Laguna Grill & Rum Bar also raised funds for the event. This year’s plunge was moved closer to the middle of the island as Brigantine’s north-ends beaches were decimated by Hurricane Sandy.
“The people of Brigantine have been through a lot,” said Brigantine mayor Phil Guenther, “but today’s crowd proves that Brigantine is Jersey strong.”
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