Polar Plunge A Tremendous Success
Monmouth 2’s 6th Annual Polar Bear Plunge was held on Sunday, January 8th, 2012. Members from the State Board, the Monmouth County Board, Monmouth 16, Monmouth 32, and Bergen 32 came out to help support Monmouth 2’s efforts.
The event started in 2007 with a handful of plungers supporting just two Catholic Schools to raise $16,000. The event has grown year by year and is currently one of the biggest Catholic School events in the state. This year the event had over 500 plungers supporting 24 Catholic Schools and raising over $104,000 with additional funds yet to be tallied.
The continued growth and success of this event is the result of the teamwork of AOH Monmouth County Division 2, support from the schools, support from the community, and a herculean effort by Jim Shaw. Jim starts working on the event in July and is the driving force behind the event.
This year’s event was hosted by Merri Maker’s Water’s edge in Sea Bright. This venue provided top notch facilities, excellent food, and support that really took the plunge experience to a new level. The facilities had multiple rooms with beautiful ocean views, a wonderful beach, a patio area, cabanas, and a tiki bar on the beach to make the experience a great for spectators and plungers alike.
As the event grows, so does support from the community, the media, and sponsors. The town of Sea Bright, the Sea Bright Police, Fire, and First Aid departments have provided us tremendous support from day one and they continue to provide the support that the event needs to grow. The Rat Radio 95.9, their DJ Gotts, and their promotions crew have done a great job of getting the word out to support the event. Individual and corporate sponsors are the backing behind that directly drives the growth of the event.