8th Annual Polar Plunge – 2019

Pictures from the event – Jan 1, 2019 at Charlestown Town Beach

Thank you everyone that turned out Jan 1st for the 8th Annual RICan/OCEAN HOUSE MARINA Polar Plunge event.  The weather was phenomenal as we were blessed with a balmy 57 degrees, what a pleasant change from last year’s 0 degrees! We had over 400 spectators cheering on the 200+ New Year’s Day plungers.  These crazies took the plunge and quickly leapt back out of the water to an awaiting “pre-warmed” towel.  It was truly a great way to ring in the New year for a good cause and with New England style!

Overall, we had another great year and raised 47,000! surpassing our intended goal of $45,000. This is the highest collection ever and we owe it all to the support of our local business owners, community and amazing volunteers who generously gave to this campaign. These proceeds will be used to provide food to those need in the local area.  This is what community is all about and what a great way to start out the New Year by doing something to help your neighbor.

Thank you to John and Tracy Sawyer from The Bakery for not only sponsoring the event but providing  coffee and pastry pre-plunge in exchange for a donation for RICAN.  Quite a selfless  act as they opened the Bakery to the community on a day they generally take off!.

Also, a shout out to Craig Marr and his ace staff at the Breach Way Grill.  Craig, Nick, MaryAnn, Jeff, and Jenny kept delicious pizza, sandwiches, soda and libations flowing for our plungers and spectators post the splash.

The Silent Auction, compliments of The Preserve at Boulder Hills Gun Club, was a great success.  We had a bidding war for the 1-year membership and are pleased to announce our high bidder and winner was our very own host Craig Marr.  Craig and Mike thanks for keeping things interesting with your competitive bids!

We are deeply appreciative of all the local businesses that provided over 30 raffle donations* prizes. This a truly a community event with both families and business showing up in force to support RICAN and their mission of helping those in need.

Some heartfelt thanks you to our ever-growing list of sponsors**.  A special shout out to Rob and Pam Lyons of Ocean House Marina who have been our premier sponsor since this event’s inception 8 years ago.

We are so excited to start this year out with such a SPLASH and are looking forward to working with you all for the 2020 plunge!

THANK YOU ALL FOR TAKING ACTION AND CARING ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY!  If you have pictures you would like to share, please post them to our RICAN Facebook page.

*Raffle Donations

Thank you to all the local businesses and Families that lent a hand by providing raffle prizes for this event

Preserve at Boulder Hills
Alaina’s Ale House
The Gardner Family
The Berard Family
The Pelletier Family
Two Ten Oyster Bar
Jim’s Dock
Simple Pleasures
Ocean Mist
Sea Goose
Breachway Bait and Tackle
Charlestown Mini Super
Casio Sports Watch
Preserve at Boulder Hills
Alaina’s Ale House
The Gardner Family
The Berard Family
The Pelletier Family
Two Ten Oyster Bar


We were  honored to have the below Sponsors for this event:


Ocean House Marina Logo

Co -Sponsor of our 2019 Event

First alliance Logo

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Schneider electric


Carousel Industries

The Bakery

Chariho Furniture

Michael's Shell

Charelstown wine and spirits



The Gardner Family


Key Real Estate Services LLC



Bev Friends of Kay

charlestown Rathskellar

Sweat Pea PreschoolTollgateflood fordBronze

Ninigret Marine Inc

Pats Power Equipment

CharlestownChamber of Commerce 1

Washington Trust Company

Randall Realtors

Crotty Bodyworks

Westerly Community Credit Union





In-kind support and the wind beneath our wings:

Cassie's Cans