Take a Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day to Benefit The Retreat or East Hampton Food Pantries

The East Hampton Main Beach Polar Beach Plunge in 2015.
The East Hampton Main Beach Polar Beach Plunge in 2015. Photo credit: Barry Gordin

On New Year’s Day, there will be Polar Bear Plunges in both East Hampton and Montauk and both will benefit worthy causes.

The East Hampton Hurricanes Swim Team and the YMCA East Hampton RECenter sponsor the 14th Annual Main Beach Polar Bear Plunge. Organized by the East Hampton Ocean Rescue Squad, the plunge benefits the East Hampton Town food pantries.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. on January 1 and ends at 12:30 p.m. Everyone must sign a waiver, and those under 18 needs a parent’s signature. Parents must be present for children under 12 years old. The plunge is at 1 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and complimentary refreshments—coffee, hot chocolate, soup, chili and hot dogs—will be served at the Survivors’ Celebration.

For more information, contact the East Hampton Food Pantry at 631-324-2300 or easthamptonfoodpantry.org. Visit facebook.com/ehpolarbearplunge/ for updates.


Gurney’s Montauk will be the venue for a Polar Plunge to benefit The Retreat Domestic Violence Services, a nonprofit based in East Hampton.

For a suggested donation of $10, the plunge will be followed by a champagne brunch and an indoor pool party at Gurney’s seawater pool. Arrive at the spa by 9:30 a.m. The plunge will take place at 10 a.m.

Gurney’s is located at 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk. Visit gurneysmontauknye.com for more information.

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