The Patchogue Young Professionals will be dipping their youthful bodies into the frigid waters of the Great South Bay Saturday morning — and likely scurrying right out.
And they want everyone to follow in their first-ever Polar Plunge to raise money for the Harbor Crab’s big annual Kris Kringle night, which happens Wednesday, Dec. 11. (Learn even more in video below.)
Each year, Harbor Crab co-owner Mark Miller, his team and patrons raise money and then travel in coach buses through the area presenting fat checks for local families that have fallen on hard times. (See below for past Kris Kringle coverage.)
“Last year we did a networking event that benefited the Kris Kringle fund, and this year our treasurer, Benny Migliorino, came up with the idea to do a Polar Plunge instead,” said Stephen King, a realtor of Realty Connect USA who also chairs the Young Professionals group.
It’s $30 to take the plunge on Saturday at Patchogue’s Sandspit Marina, at the Davis Park Ferry Co. terminal. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. The plunge goes down at 10 a.m.
King will be helping lead the charge into the bay.“Unfortunately,” he said. “I hate cold water.” He’s currently in the process of making himself mentally prepared.
“I just gotta get it over with and make money for the community,” he told GreaterPatchogue this week. “My whole bodies going under, then I’m out. Right in, right out; that’s my method.”
On the other hand, Migliorino of Benny Migs Photo, also a Young Professionals’ board member, will not be plunging.
He has excuses. “I’ll be shooting and filming it,” he said. “Plus I have a sinus infection.”
Brookhaven Councilman Neil Foley committed to plunge.
but there’s more
There’s an after-party at the Patchogue Beer Project micro brewery on Railroad Avenue in Patchogue.
The party starts at noon (so people have time to go home and change) and runs to 2 p.m.
All plungers will get a complimentary craft beer. Anyone else can just pay $20 at the door for entry, and also get a free beer.
The Patchogue Young Professionals is a networking and outreach group that’s part of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.
Top file photo: Matty Denz of Port Jefferson at 2018 Polar Plunge in Islip. (Credit: Andrew Theodorakis/Yellow House Images)