DEDHAM- Dozens jumped into the freezing cold waters of Phillips Lake.
Saturday, 14th Annual Polar Dip fundraiser took place at Camp CaPella.
With the help of the Dedham-Lucerne Fire Department, people lined up and jumped right into freezing water.
“We were concerned this year with all the CDC regulations and all of the safety precautions that we wouldn’t do as well, we set a lofty goal of $10,000 and it looks like we’re going to easily double that,” said Camp CaPella Executive Director Harvey Chesley.
Due to COVID-19 guidelines, they split up the participants and had three different 30 minute segments of jumpers throughout the day.
For people who couldn’t come, there were virtual polar jumps that were posted to the camp’s Facebook Page.
“We had a bunch of high school age kids that couldn’t make the bus ride out and they’ve done their event already. Together they’ve raised several thousand dollars doing those events. Things like the lobster roll, when you get in your bathing suit, you roll down the snowy hill or making a snow angle or whatever. We’ve really good events that happened for us,” Chesley said.
He added this year the polar dip could possibly break the event’s fund-raising record of $23,000, which he said the camp needs.
“This is terribly important because we accept campers regardless of their ability to pay the camp fees and somehow we have to make up that money. This fund-raiser is our biggest event so that we can continue to offer campers and their families a chance to attend a really special place,”he said.