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Monday, December 17, 2012

7th annual Penguin Plunge is on, but in new location

2012 Plungers hit the surf.
After near-destruction of the Andrea Hotel in Misquamicut during Hurricane Sandy, new venue has been found for the annual WARM Center fundraiser

By Linda Felaco

Since moving back to RI, my husband and I have made it a New Year’s tradition to head down to the Andrea Hotel in Misquamicut for the Penguin Plunge. Not to jump in the ocean, mind you—being cold and wet doesn’t appeal to either of us—but (1) to cheer on the participants, who are “Freezin’ for a reason” to raise money for the WARM Center, (2) because we love the beach even in winter, and (3) because it’s something we can do with the dogs, who love the beach as much as we do.

So after all the damage Sandy caused to Misquamicut and particularly the Andrea Hotel, the site of the plunge for the last few years, I feared there’d be no Penguin Plunge this year, which would surely have been a blow to the WARM Center’s year-end fundraising. Will has written about their work and the need for their services, and how to help the center meet those needs.

The good news is, an alternate location has been found in Watch Hill and the Plunge is on.

On January 1, 2013, Penguins will be plunging at the beach in Watch Hill next to the carousel at 12:00 noon sharp. Registration will begin at 10:30 at St. Clare Church in Misquamicut Beach, on Crandall Ave. off Shore Rd. A police escort will lead the Penguin Caravan the 2.8 miles to the beach in Watch Hill. Plungers need to check in at St. Clare first. Registration will be closing at 11:30 a.m.

After the Plunge, Penguins will be served hot soup, hot coffee, and sweet treats, as well as top fund raising awards. To register online, follow this link.

A photo gallery from last year’s event is available here. Hope to see you there in 2013!