On March 17th, 2020 we will plunge into the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for the Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Foundation. This will be my 15th… and final plunge.
I have set a goal of $5,000 which would be the most I have ever raised. If I reach this goal, the burn foundation will have received over $40,000 from your generosity linked to my insanity. I hope you can help me achieve my goal.
I started in 2005. I began doing this with my friend Sue who decided it was something that had to be done because she was 50. And, she thought that I should do it with her. Conveniently she selected the Paddy's Day Plunge which supported my brother’s foundation (or I might have never started).
I have plunged into the Atlantic Ocean at 5:30am on March 17th every year since then (except for 2006). I have been joined by many friends over the years who have also plunged into the ocean and in 2017 my niece and nephew started plunging.
This year I will plunge for the final time and my college classmate Stephanie Miller will once again pay for a plane ticket to fly from North Carolina to plunge with me. In addition Jill and Nick will participate at some level before they go to school for the day. The 4 of us are excited to support the Burn Foundation .
I am grateful for all the support and generosity since 2005 and hope you can give again this year to help us reach our goal of $5,000. Thank you.
About Portland Firefighters Children's Burn Foundation
The Portland Firefighters Children's Burn Foundation assists with treatment expenses beyond insurance coverage, home modifications to deal with new limitations, support groups and social events with other burn survivors or family members. The organization intends to be a resource for hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and fire departments that work and have contact with burn survivors. They work to establish a network of volunteers, inside and outside the Local 740 and the Fire Department, to help accomplish the Foundation’s projects. Annually the Portland Firefighters Children's Burn Foundation hosts a winter burn survivors camp for children 11 to 17 years old. There is no cost to the camper or their family. In order to achieve its goals, the Foundation raise money through donations, grants and future fund-raisers.
Rí Rá is delighted to support this extremely worthwhile charity each year with funds raised at the Annual St. Paddy's Day Plunge!
Every year, Rí Rá kicks off St. Patrick's Day celebrations with a Plunge into the Ice Cold Waters at the East End Beach in Portland, to raise Funds for the Portland Firefighters Children's Burn Foundation.
A tradition now for the last 17 years, raising over $375,000 to date, this year’s event takes place on March 17, 2020 when our brave plungers will face the cold and jump into the water at the East End Beach at 5.30am for this extremely worthy cause.
Rí Rá will then open our doors at 6:00am for a complimentary St. Patrick’s Day Irish Breakfast for those jumpers who want to warm up after the plunge. Once breakfast is over, a live auction and raffle will begin to raise even more funds in a warm and fun environment. Following that, we honor the top fundraising team, who will win the official Plunge Cup for the year.