Polar Plunge to Benefit Family of Dave Whelan

The annual event will benefit the family of a man who was a tireless advocate for getting Swampscott its fair share of education funding.


This article was submitted by Jill Hartmann

On Jan. 1, for the past seven years, the Swampscott Yacht Club has encouraged people to start the New Year in an invigorating and charitable way by taking the Polar Bear Plunge.

This year again, hundreds of brave souls will plunge into the frigid waters off Fisherman’s Beach for a good cause. 

This year the plunge will benefit the family of Dave Whelan, a lifelong Swampscott resident who served our town, as both Town Treasurer and School Committee Chairman. He recently lost his battle with cancer.

Dave grew up in Swampscott and is a 1975 graduate of Swampscott High School. He and his wife Jean raised two children who are both currently attending college. 

The Swampscott Yacht Club is proud to sponsor the 7th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Our past beneficiaries have included: The Friends of Swampscott Sailing, My Brother’s Table, The Jared Raymond and Jennifer Harris Scholarship Funds, The Legere Family Education Fund, Journeys of Hope, The Maureen Ingram Scholarship Fund, and the Swampscott Education Foundation. To date, we have raised over $50,000 for local charities. 

Come and join us for a brisk start to the New Year. Registration begins at 10:15 at the Fish House, with the plunge following promptly at 11:00 am Sharp! Complimentary refreshments will be available and T-shirts will be given to the first 150 participants to sign in.

Sponsor sheets are available SYC website:swampscottyachtclub.org, or by emailing Jill at sycpolarbearplunge@gmail.com

Anyone interested in simply making a donation can either mail a check directly to the SYC at 425 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907; or to the Jean Whelan Family Education Fund c/o Eastern Bank 405 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA.


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