For the second year in a row, local residents will be gathering at Mattapoisett Town Beach on New Year’s Day and “Freezin for a Reason” when they participate in a Polar Plunge to raise money for the BAM Foundation, an organization that provides financial assistance to local residents undergoing cancer treatment.
BAM Foundation Founder Alicia Halle, along with Michele and William Huggins of Mattapoisett, are coordinating the popular annual event for January 1. The Huggins Family was once a recipient of BAM funding while William was undergoing cancer treatment.
“They reached out to us when William was in treatment,” said Michele. “We were really touched by that. This is our way to pay it forward.”
The financial assistance helps offset the hidden costs of cancer treatment, such as travel expenses, hospital parking fees, and extra child care to name a few.
“Things that you don’t even think about,” said Michele, “but are real.”
Last year the event attracted about 300 spectators and 100 plungers, according to Michele, and she hopes this year they will double the amount of plungers and donations as well.
Costumes are encouraged! The more creative the better, says Michele. There will also be prizes awarded to participants who raise the most funds, among other things.
The Polar Plunge will take place promptly at 12:00pm, so participants are encouraged to arrive early to allow for checking-in and dropping-off of donations.
Parking was an issue last year as well, so if you do not want to wind up parking all the way at Ned’s Point, you should arrive at least 30 minutes early.
There will be a heated tent, hot beverages, a bon fire, grilled shrimp on the beach, and a bake sale, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to local families in need.
The Inn on Shipyard Park will also be hosting a post-plunge party with coffee and a signature Polar Plunge drink.
It is not too late to download the fundraising form, which can be found on the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/411862282257660.
Don’t forget to bring a pair of old shoes to protect your feet, a couple dry towels, and a plastic bag for your wet belongings!
Too chicken to take the plunge? You can also show your support by cheering on the plungers and buying a baked good or a tee shirt for $20.
Donations can also be sent directly to BAM Foundation, PO Box 30185, Acushnet, MA 02743.
See you there!
By Jean Perry