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Hundreds kick off the new year with annual Wrightsville Beach Polar Plunge

Hundreds run into the icy waters to raise money.
Published: Jan. 1, 2022 at 5:41 PM EST
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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - With temperatures consistently in the 70s lately, it’s not feeling very polar outside so far this winter. However, getting in the water at the beach is a different story.

Some chose to start off the year with a splash, taking that polar plunge at Wrightsville Beach today. The water was a chilly 60 degrees when participants dove in at 12 p.m. Some did it to carry on an annual tradition, but others took the plunge to give themselves a quick refresh as the new year begins.

“It’s about supporting the community because community is really, really important. We need each other,” said participant Christine Brigham.

About 700 people participated in this year’s event, each paying $35 to support the nonprofit Communities in Schools.

The event ended up raising over $50,000 for the organization with hundreds participating in the in-person plunge and others participating virtually. There were two different plunges to space the groups out as they kicked off 2022 with a plunge in the Atlantic for a good cause.

“Once we hit the water, it didn’t matter. It’s great to see the crowd out here too,” said members of the Loughlin and Stanley family. “It just shows you how great the community actually is.”

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