Rocky Neck Polar Plunge Rings in New Year with Donations for The Open Door 

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From left: Organizer Cathy McCarthy with volunteers Robin Surette and Eileen Kelley collect food donations at the Rocky Neck Polar Plunge on Sunday, Jan. 1. (Photo Courtesy of The Open Door)

The Rocky Neck Polar Plunge rang in the new year with a splash on Sunday, collecting 512 pounds of food and $1,740 in donations for The Open Door.

The annual tradition, coordinated since 2006 by Gloucester residents Cathy McCarthy and Jeff Surette with the help of a small group of volunteers, encourages locals to take a brisk dip in the water at Oakes Cove Beach on Rocky Neck to kick off the new year while simultaneously collecting food donations for The Open Door.

People gather for the 2023 Rocky Neck Polar Plunge at Oakes Cove Beach in Gloucester.
(Photo Courtesy of The Open Door)

This year, McCarthy and Surette also partnered with Gloucester 400 to kick off the beginning…

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