Published on January 6, 2014
On Super Bowl Sunday, 400 individuals plunged into the cold water of the Atlantic to raise funds for two local nonprofits: North Shore Community Development Coalition, in Salem, and River House, in Beverly.
Held simultaneously at Lynch Park in Beverly and at Winter Island at the Salem Willows, this year’s plunge received city-wide support from community residents, youth from Salem & Beverly public schools, and even local legislators. Mayors Cahill of Beverly and Driscoll of Salem led the count down to the plunge, while Representative Jerald Parisella and Senator Joan Lovely both plunged in Beverly and Salem, respectively.
“Engaging hundreds of residents and local supporters within the communities we serve through the Polar Plunge is the focus of the event,” said Mickey Northcutt, CEO of North Shore Community Development Coalition.
North Shore CDC and River House are so thankful to the local schools and individuals who generate the excitement around the plunge each year. As in previous years, participating public schools in the Beverly and Salem school districts vied for traveling trophies. The Plunge Cup is awarded to the school that raises the most money, and the Big Splash award goes to the school with the highest participation. Ayers Elementary School took both awards for Beverly, while Saltonstall Elementary School won both the awards for Salem. The top individual plungers were Lydia & Patti Saltzman in Beverly and David Turiel in Salem. The top plunging organization was once again Second Congregational Church. Congratulations to all our winners.