Diving in Long Island Sound – Polar Bear Plunge raises some $7,500

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Brendan Micik, at left,  and Associate Board Chairman Austin Stack , both of Greenwich, lead the charge out of the water.

Brendan Micik, at left, and Associate Board Chairman Austin Stack , both of Greenwich, lead the charge out of the water.

Nearly 70 people braved the frigid waters of the Long Island Sound on Feb. 24 to raise funds and awareness for Family Centers as part of its 2nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge.

Organized by Family Centers’ Associate Board, the Polar Bear Plunge was held at the Stamford offices of Geneve Holdings. The event attracted local residents of all ages, community leaders and area Polar Bear Clubs. All proceeds from the event benefited The Den for Grieving Kids — a Family Centers program that offers free bereavement counseling and support to kids and families coping with the loss of a loved one.

When all was said and done, the plunge raised more than $7,500.

Following their swim, participants went to the Beach House Café in Old Greenwich for the Post-Plunge Party. Ten percent of the restaurant’s proceeds from the day were donated to Family Centers.

The 2013 Polar Bear Plunge was sponsored by Steven Fox Jewelry, Pizza Post, Half Full Brewery, Volunteer Square, Firehouse Deli, Whip, J. Papers, Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate, Jane and Alan Batkin, Brendan Walsh, Brendan Micik, The Beach House Café, Upper Crust Bagels, Winston Flowers, News 12 Connecticut and New Leaf Design.

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