Communities of Schools of Cape Fear 9th Annual Wrightsville Plunge

by Dec 30, 2023Nonprofit, The Blog, Wrightsville Beach

Revitalize yourself for the New Year with an energizing polar plunge to benefit Communities in Schools of Cape Fear.

Mid-day on January 1, 2024, joyful shrieks and laughter will ring through the air at Crystal Pier/Oceanic Pier on Wrightsville Beach as people dive into the freezing Atlantic Ocean for the annual Wrightsville Plunge.
For nine consecutive years Communities in Schools (CIS) of Cape Fear has hosted the chilling event to raise money for their efforts to help keep kids in school and on the path to graduation.

With two plunges, one at 12 pm and one at 12:30 pm, the event draws thousands of participants, and more than 15,000 are expected this year.

Attendees often dress up in costumes, with some forming teams and devising inventive costume concepts, while others opt for wearing cozy layers, sipping coffee and enjoying quality time with friends and family on the beach.

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“It’s become a well-loved tradition for a lot of families,” says Kendall McGee Englehart, CIS of Cape Fear’s communications manager. “Everyone gets to be together — the kids, the grandparents, the out-of-town family members. It’s refreshing, there’s a lot of energy, and it’s a really incredible opportunity.”

Following the ocean dips, the festivities continue with an after-party at Sweetwater Surf Shop. There will be local craft beer, food, lively music and a raffle contest in which participants can win a standup paddleboard.

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The mission of CIS of Cape Fear is to “surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”

They do so by placing student support specialists in 29 predominantly Title One schools in New Hanover and Pender counties to provide services to at-risk and vulnerable youth. CIS of Cape Fear also offers free after-school programs, summer programs, young parent programs, teen court programs, tutoring, social-emotional support and more.

In the face of challenges like hunger, difficult home situations, absenteeism and safety concerns, CIS of Cape Fear offers resources to support children.

“We want them to have a path forward and to know that someone believes in them and that they can have whatever future they want,” McGee Englehart says.


Want to plunge & support a good cause?

Wrightsville Plunge Presented by Communities in Schools of Cape Fear
January 1, 2024
Southside of the Oceanic Pier, 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach
Check-in: 10:30 am
First plunge: 12 pm
Second plunge: 12:30 pm
Cost; $10 to $35
To purchase tickets or learn more about Communities in School of Cape Fear’s mission, click here.


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