Long Beach Polar Splash Invites Locals to Chill Out for Charity
2012-01-12 · By Editor
Are you cold-hearted when it comes to charity? Maybe it’s time you chilled out! On January 21, head down to Belmont Shore for the Long Beach Polar Splash & Doggie Dip. The event is a free opportunity to raise some cold hard cash for several worthy charities.
There is no cost to participate. In fact, Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team (C.A.T.) is donating $10 on behalf of every person that participates in the Long Beach Polar Splash (up to $2,000). In order to “earn” a donation for one of their preferred charities, participants must submerge completely (including the head). And NO wetsuits!
When splashers arrive on event day, they’ll be asked to sign-in and choose one of several charitable causes which they want to support. Options include:
- Seal Beach Animal Care Center
- Training for Autism
- Assiteens of Long Beach
- Long Beach spay/neuter programs
- American Heart Association
- American Alzheimer’s Foundation
These causes are championed by the hostesses for the day: Little Miss, Teen, Miss and Mrs. Long Beach and Southern California Cities. These ladies will also be donning their swimwear and gettin’ cold for their causes. (The water temp this time of year is expected to be about 55-59 degrees.)
Polar plunges and splashes happen around this time of year all over the world and Southern California’s temperate climate is no reason not to join in the fun.
All ages are welcome. Those under 18 must have a parent/guardian present to participate. Dogs are welcome, however submerging dogs will not be allowed.
The “Long Beach Polar Splash & Doggie Dip” is set for Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m., following the 10 a.m. “30-Minute Beach Cleanup.” The Polar Splash takes place in Belmont Shore on the eastern edge of Rosie’s Dog Beach at the orange traffic cones, basically 1 Granada Ave. Participate in the monthly Beach Cleanup and parking is free.
This event is hosted by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT). CAT is supported, in whole, by funds raised at the Long Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K and Haute Dog Parades.