2017-12-10 / Front Page / JT Beacon

Atlantic Plunge to support Caring Unlimited

Senior Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK — Does the thought of taking a dip in the Atlantic in January give you the chills? Hearty Mainers can do it. And when plunging into the Atlantic Ocean is for a good cause, well, that is all the more reason to don a swim suit and hit the water.

On Saturday Jan. 6, Caring Unlimited hosts the 17th Annual Atlantic Plunge at Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk. Folks take to the ocean promptly at 11 a.m.

Each year, dozens of people ‘Take the Plunge,’ and collect pledges from family members, friends and co-workers to help support York County’s only domestic violence resource center.

The event, begun by a volunteer in 2001, is a major, sustaining source for the programs and services offered by Caring Unlimited, which serves approximately 3,000 people in York County annually, according to Caring Unlimited staff.

Registration is $25, and can be done online. Folks registering last minute can to so on the day, at the beach, beginning at 10:15 a.m. Pledges can be made online through participants’ personalized fundraising pages, or collected and turned in when participants check in at the event.

This year, the plunger with the highest fundraising total by New Year’s Day will win a $250 gift card to LL Bean.

Since 1977, Caring Unlimited has been working with the York County community to bring an end to domestic violence by providing support and safety planning services to individuals whose lives are affected by domestic violence and abuse.

 The Atlantic Plunge allows Caring Unlimited to continue to provide these important services, which include: 24-Hour Hotline, Emergency Sheltering, Transitional Housing, Support and Education Groups, Legal Advocacy, School-Based Education and Advocacy, and Community Education and Training, said Sherry Edwards, CU’s community response coordinator.  

The 2018 Atlantic Plunge is sponsored by Biddeford Savings. 

More information, including online registration, and fundraising information, is available on the events page at www.caring-unlimited.org.  

A storm date is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13, and information regarding any weather-related changes will be posted in the days leading up to the event.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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