WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - It felt more like a spring beach day than the first day of January, and that was good news for polar bear plungers in the area.
With temperatures some 50 degrees warmer than last year, more than 500 people raced into the ocean for Tuesday’s Wrightsville Plunge, which was hosted by Communities in Schools of the Cape Fear.
Jim Busby is on the Communities in Schools board and the plunge committee. He said the event is a great way to ring in the New Year.
“It lets you know that this is a year-round pledge. You don’t hibernate in the wintertime," he said. “People are out here jumping in the water on New Year’s morning, so that tells you that life goes on through the winter down here, and I think it also shows that there’s a core group of people beyond just summertime or seasonal people that keep this place going.”
Money raised from the plunge helps fund programs at Communities in Schools of the Cape Fear. They raised about $24,000.