The Newport Polar Bear Plunge began back in 1969 for brave souls with warm hearts willing to face the frigid winter waters for a good cause.
Every New Years Day at precisely 12:00 PM, participants run into the winter waters at Easton's Beach, some dressed in costumes, some as part of teams and some in their bathing suits pulled from their stock of summer threads. The efforts are partly for fun, believe it or not, and partly for a good cause. The plunge raises money each year for the Make a Wish Foundation, the foundation comprised of tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters who work to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.
Forty eight years later the tradition lives on. Walk, jump or splash your way into the near year for a good cause this year.
When: January 1, 2017
Where: Easton's Beach
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free, donations for Make a Wish accepted