Polar Plunge at Easton’s Seashore, Newport, returns on Jan. 1, 2023

Polar Plunge at Easton’s Seashore, Newport, returns on Jan. 1, 2023
Polar Plunge at Easton’s Seashore, Newport, returns on Jan. 1, 2023

The primary day of 2023 will likely be particular for a lot of causes. For one group of courageous souls, they’ll head to the ocean for a fantastic trigger whereas serving to two native youngsters who’re battling life-threatening diseases.

The Warwick-based A Want Come True, the oldest wish-granting group in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, will host its annual Polar Plunge at Easton’s Seashore in Newport on Sunday, Jan. 1, from midday to three p.m. Parking is anticipated to be restricted.

There’ll a pre-event buffet and post-plunge reception for individuals and friends at Rejects Beer Firm, 124 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown.

This 12 months’s “Want Youngsters” are Riley, a 14-year-old from Warwick, and Mark, a 13-year-old from Seekonk, Massachusetts. Each want to journey to Florida to go to Disney World, Common Studios and Sea World.

“Typically, folks don’t notice they’re donating to assist make goals come true for youngsters with a life-threatening sickness. This occasion options shut to five,000 folks keen to move into the water and be ‘freezin’ for a motive’. This present day additionally hosts a particular visitor,” AWCT Government Director Mary-Kate O’Leary mentioned in an announcement.

The annual Polar Plunge at Easton's Beach in Newport, Rhode Island, was held on Jan. 1, 2022. The event benefits the Warwick-based nonprofit organization A Wish Come True.

“We’re honoring one of many unique ‘Polar Bears’, Charlie Wright, who has taken the plunge over 48 years,” mentioned O’Leary, whose group celebrated its fortieth 12 months in 2022. “We’re thrilled to have him cleared the path and encourage our attendees to have enjoyable and benefit from the water.”

Wright joined the Polar Bears by means of a buddy in 1969. He mentioned a number of colleagues, together with Jack Morgan, Henry Walker and Eddie Sullivan, have been a part of a softball crew that gained a championship. He was instructed that in the event that they gained, he must soar into Easton’s Seashore with them. Again then, it was a small group of people who would take the Plunge each Sunday at midday. Regardless of his trepidations, Wright went by means of with the occasion, and continued doing so till 5 years in the past.

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