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All Things Maine

Friday, December 30, 2005

Polar Bears Better Prepare

There will be three chances on New Year's Day for Mainers to take a dip in the frigid Atlantic, all to support local charitable causes.

At 11 a.m., the Cape Elizabeth Water Extrication Team is sponsoring its annual New Year's Dip at Kettle Cove.
Grab your friends, neighbors, and teammates, and make a plan to jump in with us and christen the year with the icy water of the Atlantic. There will be prizes for oldest dipper, youngest dipper, best dressed dipper, and most team spirit. There is a suggested donation of $10 per dipper with all proceeds of the day to benefit Cape Elizabeth High School Project Graduation. Hot chocolate, coffee, and Chuck's Wicked Good Chowdah will be served on the beach (complimentary for dippers.) [Link]
At noon, there will be a Lobster Dip at Old Orchard Beach to benefit Special Olympics Maine. Participants are required to turn in at least $100 in pledges, and will meet in front of The Brunswick/Oceanside Grille at 39 West Grand Avenue. Each will receive a Lobster Dip t-shirt, and a possible case of hypothermia.

Finally, at East End Beach in Portland, the Marine Animal Lifeline is sponsoring a Polar Dip at 2 p.m.
What is The Marine Animal Lifeline’s “Polar Dip”?

Courageous (aka Crazy) participants gather monetary pledges from friends, relatives and colleagues in the weeks before New Year’s Day. Braving frigid air, they then plunge into the chilly waters of Casco Bay on New Year’s Day - raising funds needed to rescue and rehabilitate injured marine mammals. Last year, over 100 swimmers raised close to $10,000. This year’s goal is to double the number of participants and pledges! [Link]
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