Parker Family Health Center was feeling the chill this past New Year’s Day as the 11th Annual Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge took place in Asbury Park. Approximately 500 plungers braved the 34F ocean temperature in support of Parker Family and four other non profit charitable organizations located throughout Monmouth County.
A small group of alumni from Christian Brothers Academy, eventually named Sons of Ireland, started their Polar Bear Plunge tradition in 2003. Since that time, Sons of Ireland has raised over $350, 000 and benefited more than 15 charities in our area. This year’s event, held at Asbury Park’s Convention Hall and beachfront, provided free entertainment by Kimon and the Prophets, Brian Kirk and the Jirks, and a bagpipe march to the shoreline to kick off the plunge. The annual event now draws hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators from throughout the state.