Come Plunge with us! – or at least come out and watch the fun!
On Sunday, February 26th a crowd of diverse individuals will face freezing temperatures and plunge into the icy cold waters of Boston Harbor for a great cause; to raise funds for GMDVP and to raise awareness of the reality of domestic violence in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) communities. The event starts at 11:30 with the plunge to occur at 12 noon at Carson Beach in South Boston.
Continuing with tradition, most plungers will dress in fun costumes, ranging from drag queens to penguins to Elvis Presley. According to Curt Rogers, GMDVP Executive Director, “We work with the very serious issue of domestic violence 365 days out of the year. When we raise funds, we like to have a little fun.”
“This is a very real crisis for many in our community” says Adam Dailey, a Boston based chemist who has plunged as Super-Speedo Boy. “It is not just a straight problem, it is our problem.” The winter plunge is a great way for the community to support GMDVP, with plungers raising funds similarly to a standard walk-athon. Last year, the Winter Plunge raised over $12,000 for GMDVP.
Join as a Plunger!
Plunging is fun and easy.
This year we will continue growing the plunge and hope to have 25 plungers, a larger crowd of spectators, emcee from FreshFruit Productions and we are inviting a funky brass band to follow us out to the water.
We ask potential plungers to remember that this event is foremost a fundraiser for GMDVP. Yes, we have a fun time doing it (some of dress in outrageous costumes and/or drag) and we do generate a considerable amount of press coverage. But the primary goal of the event is to raise funds.
We ask that each plunger to raise $500 from their family and friends in support of their plunge. We have ways of supporting plungers in doing so by helping write/send out letters and by setting up individualized fundraising webpages. However, while we ask everyone to have a goal of at least $500, the minimum requirement we ask of plungers is $100 — so don’t be scared off by the fundraising (However, several plungers will easily raise around $1,000 because it is so easy — really!).
Time commitment on the day of the plunge is 10:45am – 1pm. There is a large newly renovated bathhouse that we use for a comfortable place to change and dry off before and after.
If you think you would like to join us this year, send an email to CRogers@gmdvp.org (or call the GMDVP office at 617-354-6056) and we can answer any questions and get you set up for fundraising.
Support us with a Donation!
If you’re unable to plunge yourself, please consider making a donation here.
Join us as a Spectator!
If you are not jumping in the water, at least come out for a good laugh!
The Ice Queen and friends will once again gather at Carson Beach in South Boston and fling themselves into the cold wild wintry waves of Boston Harbor. Come out for the fun and cheer us on!
Plunge takes place at Carson Beach, South Boston (next to the EXPO Center)
Sunday, February 26, 2012.
We gather at Carson Beach Bathhouse (look for the balloons) at 11:30 and plunge at 12:00.
Don’t be late ~ we don’t stay in the water for long!
Parking is available and the beach is T accessible.
Call GMDVP at 617-354-6056 for directions.