Log In   ·   Become A Member

Take The Plunge And Raise Money For The Local Community At Annual Cooper's Beach Polar Bear Plunge

Sydney A. Braat

  |   1 Comment · Print Article

Take the plunge to support your community members in need. (Courtesy Photo)

Heart of the Hamptons is inviting you to "get freezin' for a reason" during the return of the highly anticipated annual Polar Bear Plunge. Hundreds of community members annually participate in this fundraiser, often wearing festive costumes. All are welcome to sign up to jump into the chilly Atlantic Ocean water to support local people in need. The Polar Bear Plunge will take place at Cooper's Beach in Southampton on Saturday, December 9 at 10 a.m. and to participate, you must register by 9:30 a.m.

"It warms us up at Heart of the Hamptons to see all of the people that turn out to support the local charity that is here to help local people in crisis," remarked Hilton Crosby, Executive Director of Heart of the Hamptons.

1,500 are annually supported by the work of Heart of the Hamptons. (Courtesy Photo)

After the plunge, participants are welcome to enjoy hot drinks and food at the Pavilion. They will also receive a Polar Bear Plunge hat to commemorate their participation. The first Plunge took place in 2004 and has raised more than $700,000 to support Heart of the Hamptons and its programs, which offer food, clothing, and assistance to over 1,500 people annually. Your support to this cause can provide healthy summer lunch food for needy school children, send cooked meals to a homebound or isolated resident, buy a pair of glasses for a local school child, purchase medical equipment, install a wheelchair ramp for a handicapped person, or brighten the holidays for a family with little to celebrate.

Heart of the Hamptons (previously known as Human Resources of the Hamptons) began in 2003 to serve as a food pantry that now provides assistance to over 400 households or 1,100 people, a clothing room, and an outreach office. They offer crisis intervention, medical assistance funding, aid for seniors, school supplies and summer lunches for school children, and a meals program for the homebound. Heart of the Hamptons also connects people in need with resources available in the local community. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization's mission is "to help people in our local community who are in need, without discrimination, in a dignified manner."

There will be hot tubs on site to help participants warm up after a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. (Courtesy Photo)

"This is our largest fundraiser. We have incorporated online participation this year to make sure everyone gets involved," Crosby added. "If you are worried about being cold, have no fear! We will have hot tubs on the sand to warm up in, courtesy of Harbor Hot Tubs."

For those not in the Hamptons the weekend of the Polar Bear Plunge, make sure to catch the always amusing action live on the Hamptons.com Coopers Beach Camera.

Cooper's Beach is located at in Southampton. To sign up for The Polar Bear Plunge or to donate, visit heartofthehamptons.org. For more information, call 631-283-6415.

Sydney Braat is a Hamptons-raised and NYC-living journalist. She enjoys splitting her time between the bustling city life and relaxing atmosphere of the Hamptons. When she's not writing, Sydney is traveling. She thrives off of new experiences, cultures, cuisine, and languages. Sydney writes about the arts, philanthropy, food & wine, and shopping. https://www.sosydneyny.com/ sydneybraat

Related Articles:

Heart of t...

Heart of the Hamptons from Southampton says::
Watch it on the Cooper's cam and make a donation to the charity at heartofthehamptons.org !! Thank you Hamptons.com!!
Dec 5, 2017 3:15 pm


Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
What color is the sky?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

New York Title Abstract Services, Inc.
We are a title insurance services company dedicated to promptly delivering fully compliant and accurate reports, and title insurance, for residential and commercial real estate throughout New York State. Headquartered in the Hamptons, our professional team has extensive real estate experience and understands the business from all sides including title insurance, legal, sales, governmental, banking, and lending regulations.

Hamilton Hoge
As the owner’s representative our practice encompasses all aspects of a project from pre-purchase property due diligence, program development iterations, advisement on systems, analyze contracts/vendors, critical path analysis, feasibility and schedule. The strength of our approach is in facilitating organized communication. We strongly analyze all representations and warranties for the protection and benefit of our client.

The Citarella Standard. We’re passionate about sourcing and selling the world’s best seafood. When you order our fresh seafood online, what you receive always reflects the unrivaled standard of our markets. It’s hand-prepared, never frozen, and shipped overnight. 631-283-6600.