Polar Bears On Main Beach

Justin Meinken

The 41-degree ocean temperature did not deter the enthusiasm of more than 350 participants in the New Year’s Day Plunge at Main Beach. Proceeds from the event benefit the East Hampton Food Pantry, which distributes food to its pantries in Amagansett and East Hampton. The East Hampton Lions Club provided hot dogs for snacking to plungers and spectators, and the Food Pantry had T-shirts and sweatshirts for sale as souvenirs. Volunteers from the East Hampton Ocean Rescue ensured the safety of the plungers, many of whom dove head-first into the frigid waters.

Winners of the Golden Plunger award for the best costumes were members of the Peltz family of Bridgehampton and their friends from 17 countries, according to Hilary Peltz.

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