December 13, 2006

Taking the Plunge

Hundreds of hardy souls will brave winter waters to warm the lives of those less fortunate this Saturday at the third annual Polar Plunge for Hunger at Cooper's Beach on Meadow Lane in Southampton Village.

Funds raised at the event, a benefit for the food pantry and holiday outreach project of Human Resources of the Hamptons, will provide over 400 needy families in the Southampton area with food baskets and over 2800 wrapped holiday gifts for children. HRH also runs a year-round food pantry, used clothing room and senior citizen and medical transportation program.

Last year's turnout raised over $100,000 and facilitated a host of programs aimed at helping area families in need. "We're expecting another outpouring of support," said HRH Director Mary Ann Tupper. "This is a celebration of local people helping other local people, and it's a chance to get into the real spirit of the holiday."

As they did last year, The Tomorrow Foundation will pledge $100 for every school employee, every former or current employee of Southampton College, and every current employee of Stony Brook/ Southampton who takes the plunge. In addition, an anonymous donor has pledged $150 for every volunteer firefighter, EMT and Southampton Village employee who braves the waters.

Village Mayor Mark Epley and Southampton Village Chief of Police Bill Wilson will be on hand for the event, and The Hampton Jitney has donated a free shuttle bus from the Southampton Bathing Corp. parking lot to Cooper's Beach.

The third annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cooper's Beach. Both individuals and teams are welcome. For more information and to sign up to take the plunge, visit the HRH website at www.hrhamptons.org or call 283-6415.

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