Take the Plunge and Grant a Wish This New Year’s Day

Photo courtesy of: Newport-Discovery-Guide.com

Photo courtesy of: Newport-Discovery-Guide.com

Come on, you know you’re dying to do it: swim in the frosty North Atlantic Ocean on one of the coldest days of the year alongside hundreds of other equally adventurous cohorts. Well, what if we told you that in doing so you’d not only be joining in a near 50 year old Newport tradition, but you’d also be helping improve the lives of sick children, too? We’re talking about the Polar Bear Plunge. Here’s what you need to know.

About the Polar Bear Plunge

Founded in 1969, the Polar Bear Plunge welcomes fearless philanthropists to take a dip at Newport’s Easton’s Beach every January 1st at noon. While the good feelings you get from helping others is enough of a reason to participate, you also get to hobnob with celebrity guest swimmers and warm up afterwards at the Atlantic Beach Club's popular afterparty.

About A Wish Come True, Inc.

ali on her wish to key west to swim with dolphins.  Photo courtesy of: A Wish Come True, Inc. 

ali on her wish to key west to swim with dolphins.  Photo courtesy of: A Wish Come True, Inc. 

The Polar Bear Plunge benefits a different charity every year, and this year’s worthy cause is A Wish Come True. As Rhode Island’s oldest wish-granting organization, A Wish Come True has been granting wishes for sick children between the ages of three and 18 for the past 33 years. To date, the organization has granted nearly 1,750 wishes and continues to do so at a rate of four to five wishes every month.

Unfortunately, wishes don’t come cheap, so proceeds from the Polar Plunge will help A Wish Come True add magic to the lives of even more sick children in the future.

Rylan during his wish visit from former new england patriots player Tedy bruschi. Photo courtesy of: A Wish Come True, Inc. 

Rylan during his wish visit from former new england patriots player Tedy bruschi. Photo courtesy of: A Wish Come True, Inc. 

Doesn’t all of this make the Polar Bear Plunge sound a lot like something you can and should do? And this may be the perfect year to do it, too: the weather has been unseasonably mild so far this fall, meaning your frigid float may not quite be as frigid. But even if the weather takes a turn toward the wintry, the Polar Bear Plunge presents the extraordinary experience of swimming through the snowflakes with the majestic Cliff Walk as your backdrop.

When we think about it that way, we can imagine no better way to spend this New Year’s Day than by taking part in the Polar Bear Plunge -- particularly if you follow it up with a hearty and restorative lunch, dinner, or stay at The Chanler -- just steps away from all the action. Our crackling fireplace and a butler-drawn bath will be waiting.