Southampton Village 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Slated For Saturday

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Saturday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid 50s, and Southampton Village’s 12th annual Polar Bear Plunge.

Hundreds of people are expected to take a dive into chilly waters at Coopers Beach in the village that day, and all money raised by participants will benefit Human Resources of the Hamptons. The event is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m., but plungers are asked to arrive a half-hour earlier to register.

The event will also include a new feature this year—those who opt not to jump into the frigid Atlantic Ocean, but still want to raise money for the organization, can instead participate in a walk that will start at 9 a.m. But, like plungers, walkers are expected to arrive at Coopers Beach a half-hour before their event to register.

According to Carol Gilbert, the assistant to the organization’s new executive director, Hilton Crosby, the roughly 1-mile walk route starts at the beach parking lot and proceeds up Coopers Neck Lane and back. It should take about 30 minutes if done at a leisurely pace, she explained.

“We had some people in past years that wanted to support us, but they didn’t want to go in the water,” Ms. Gilbert said. “The idea is that they’ll do that and be back in time to watch the Polar Bear Plunge.”

The representative said that the goal this year, as for every event, is to raise more money than the previous year. Participants raised $50,000 for 2014’s plunge, which is the average amount, according to Ms. Gilbert.

“We really hope that the people who have come out in the past will take the plunge again,” she said. “And we certainly hope to encourage new people to participate with the walk.”

Ms. Gilbert didn’t forget to add one more bit of instruction for plungers: “Wear a costume.”

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