Took the Plunge

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Heartfelt thanks from Human Resources of the Hamptons to the hundreds of brave, caring people who took the Polar Bear Plunge on December 13. The 2008 Plunge was hugely successful, with more than 500 plungers going into the water, collectively raising $76,500 to date, and counting.

Very big thanks to The Tomorrow Foundation, who sponsored local teachers and school staff at $100 per person; Bobby Gianos of Olde Towne Properties, who sponsored Southampton intermediate and high school students at $50 per student; and Wright & Co. Construction, who sponsors their employees and families at $100 per person.

All local elected officials and Southampton Village employees who jump in are also sponsored by an anonymous donor—thank you, Mayor Mark Epley and the village trustees, for braving the elements to help HRH.

HRH could not put on this event without these volunteers: Southampton Fire Department, Southampton Village and Hampton Bays ambulance associations, Southampton Village Police, and our sponsors Suffolk County National Bank, and Southampton Village Photo, thank you so much. Catena’s, Golden Pear, Village Cheese Shop, Hampton Bagels, Southampton 7-Eleven, Starbucks of Hampton Bays, and Chaah’s Mobile Kitchen all kept us warm with generous donations of hot food and drinks.

More than 90 percent of the Plunge proceeds go directly to help the poor, sick and elderly people of Southampton, because generous local people donate goods and services, thus keeping the overhead expenses to a “bare (bear) minimum.”

We are truly grateful.

MARY ANN TUPPERDirectorHuman Resources of the Hamptons Southampton

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