Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Back!

Clubs and Organizations

December 8, 2016


With the New Year fast approaching, the Temple Israel Polar Bears are gearing up to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. Hundreds will gather on New Year’s Day at Compo Beach in Westport, CT to jump into the frigid cold waters of Long Island Sound to raise money for charity.

Ten years ago, two friends, Tom Patterson of Weston and Lee Caney of Westport, dared each other to jump into Long Island Sound during the middle of winter. Today, that dare has evolved into an annual community event where hundreds of people take the plunge to raise money for local and national charities.

“When we held our first TI Polar Plunge in 2007, I never dreamed it would grow into such a major annual event. Over the last ten years well over a thousand adults and children have braved the frigid waters off Compo Beach to help so many worthwhile causes,” said Tom Patterson, co-founder of the TI Polar Plunge. “To celebrate our 10th year, we’ve invited all of the charities we partnered with over the years to join us for this year’s event. We are also adding another team this year from Temple Israel with funds benefiting their social action committee.”

Since 2006, over $800,000 has been raised for charities including the Whole in the Wall Gang Camp, Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County, Autism Speaks, Make a Wish Foundation CT, The Marfan Foundation, Homes with Hope, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, United Cerebral Palsy of NYC, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“We are delighted to be among the group of incredible charities that will benefit from this year’s Temple Israel Polar Plunge. Besides frostbite, this very special event generates much needed funds and awareness for non-profit organizations dedicated to helping our community,” added Roy Berger, Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County CEO.

The TI Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for January 1, 2017. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10:30 am at the Pavilion at Compo Beach in Westport, CT with the plunge scheduled for 11 am. Immediately following will be a post-plunge brunch at O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant, 93 North Main Street, Norwalk, CT.

To register for the event or to donate to a participating charity, visit www.tipolarbears.com