2013-01-24 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks to those who helped with plunge

Ringing in the New Year in traditional fashion, the second annual Jamestown 1st Day Plunge – formerly and always known as the Jamestown Penguin Plunge – was a great success.

Despite the hurdles and obstacles of the seawall repair construction, event organizers, along with assistance from the Jamestown highway department, provided a safe access to the beach at East Ferry for the plunge.

I would like to take a moment to thank all our corporate sponsors, including local businesses, restaurants and shops for continuing to support this event. Additionally, I have to praise the brave souls who collected pledges from family and friends, and then dove, jumped and ran into the icy cold waters of Narragansett Bay.

We had nearly 200 “penguins” take the icy cold dip, while many Jamestown residents and folks from all over Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts watched the folks make a big splash. The fire pits that were kept stoked warmed the spectators, and those who plunged.

A special thank you goes out to Tina Collins, Paula Swistak, Cyndee Reppe and Kim Devlin of the town offices who assisted with registrations, pledge collections and merchandise sales. Kerry Sheehan of Latitude Custom Apparel, my co-organizer, was instrumental in the design, production and sale of our 2013 Jamestown 1st Day commemorative merchandise. If anyone missed the opportunity to purchase a shirt, hat, pins or stickers, let me know by calling 413-6928.

The Jamestown Police Department, Fire Department and EMS provided a smooth traffic route for all, and were on scene and in the water to make sure this was a safe event.

Thank you goes out to Will “Ordinary Bill” Wilson for his creative talents with the ice sculptures.

This year’s fundraising for local charities benefited Bridges Inc. and the Jamestown Education Foundation. I would like to thank Bonnie Waddicor and Jim and Lisa Rafferty for their assistance on the day of the event, along with Sally Schott, Nicole Fortenberry, Michelle Egan and Ray Conover of the Jamestown Education Foundation.

In closing I would like to thank the new Town Council and Town Administrator Bruce Keiser for approving and supporting this event. I hope we can continue to do so at East Ferry for many more years. Hopefully next year, I will not be under the weather, and could do a repeat performance of the water skiing I did in 2012. See you all again on Jan. 1, 2014.

Bob Bailey
East Shore Road

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