Plymouth: Annual Polar Plunge draws huge crowd

Jordan’s Polar Plunge raised more than $100,000 as 600 people jumped into Cape Cod Bay Saturday at noon. Another 2,000 watched. The 11th annual event on Plymouth Beach benefits the Jordan Hospital Club and the hospital’s cancer center.

Individuals and teams plunge in bathing suits and in costumes from gowns to toilet plungers. They received awards for best costume and amount raised at a post plunge lunch in the Plymouth Yacht Club.

Stop & Shop donated breakfast items laid out in a heated tent. Sandy’s donated hot clam chowder. Dozens of volunteers registered plungers, played music, watched over plungers in wetsuits, judged the costumes and performed all the necessary tasks.

The annual fundraiser has grown into a major event. Traffic barely moved midday around Plymouth Beach and designated parking at Plimoth Plantation.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.