The Long Beach Polar Bears annual Super Bowl Splash to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

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While most people will be gearing up to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2, others will be doing the unthinkable—The Polar Plunge. The Long Beach Polar Bears will be holding their annual event on Super Bowl Sunday to raise money for the Make-A- Wish Foundation of the Metro New York area.

The Polar Plunge, a tradition since Super Bowl XXXII in 1998


Recommended donation amounts:

  • Car Magnets: $5 donation
  • All hats: $20 donation
  • Long Sleeve Cotton T-shirt: $20 donation
  • Beach towels: $25 donation
  • Sweatpants/Ladies yoga pants: $25 donation
  • Youth Pullover Hoodie: $30 donation
  • Adult sweatshirts: $40 donation

Note: cash and checks only please.

Two guys named Kevin McCarthy and Pete Meyer decided to jump into the Atlantic Ocean before they went to watch the big game. Eventually, word got out about how much they enjoyed it and a man named Mike Bradley asked the guys if he could join them the following year.

The co-starters accepted and Mike joined them like they had planned, and brought his brother P.J. Mike and his wife, Patti, had been searching for a fitting memorial for their son Paulie who had passed away at the age of four. When P.J. suggested that the Polar Bear Swim be the annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Metro New York, it seemed to be an appropriate fundraiser for such an active and loving boy.

For those who will come out to raise money, the Long Beach Polar Bears ask that you arrive and turn in your paperwork at 12:00 pm. The jump starts at precisely 1:30 pm. The Long Beach Polar Bear gear will be available Tuesday through Friday from 12pm-5pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. The gear can be found at E. Van Creations, 54 S. Long Beach Road, in Rockville Centre. The merchandise includes pullover hoodies, long sleeve T-shirt, sweatpants, yoga pants, winter hats, towels, and car magnets.

The Long Beach Polar Bears are positive that Paulie would be happy to see all the wishes they have granted. Throughout the years the number of wishes granted has risen dramatically. 100% of the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York.

We all know that the Super Bowl gets a lot of attention and people wait all day to watch the game, but why not start the day off for a good cause. Come take the plunge to support the Make-A-Wish foundation and help grant a wish for a child in need. You’ll be glad you did!

  • Long Beach Polar Bears 2014 Super Bowl Splash

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