Polar Bear Plunges

This year’s New Year’s Day polar bear plunge at East Hampton’s Main Beach had raised more than $12,000 for the food pantries in East Hampton, Wainscott, Amagansett, and Springs
Some of the roughly 200 New Year’s Day polar bear plungers at East Hampton Village’s Main Beach. Craig Macnaughton

    Vicki Littman, the chairwoman of the East Hampton Food Pantry, said Tuesday that this year’s New Year’s Day polar bear plunge at East Hampton’s Main Beach had raised more than $12,000 for the food pantries in East Hampton, Wainscott, Amagansett, and Springs. While grateful for the donations, Littman said “the need continues to be great — we are serving 300 families a week just at East Hampton. There are a lot of people out of work now — the need is not going to go away.”

    Further on the plunge, Littman said, “There were 200 plungers, including our mayor, Paul Rickenbach, and about as many spectators, I would say. ‘Santa Claus’ was the costume winner, and four teenaged girls with the numbers 2,0,1, and 4 emblazoned on their midsections were the other prizewinners.” Littman added that food pantry items are distributed at the Windmill Village apartments on Tuesdays from 1 to 6 p.m., and at the St. Michael’s senior citizens housing project in Amagansett from 4 to 6 that day.

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Plungers headed for the Seafood Shop after plunging at Wainscott’s Beach Lane road-end. Morgan McGivern
Carolann Sandoval, Bill Becker, and Aida Turturro, the actress, were among the 70 plungers at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk. Eileen Murphy