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Saturday, February 20, 2016

I Survived the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance's Polar Plunge 2016

Today was the annual polar plunge held by the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (formerly Brandywine Valley Association). It was my fifth year participating and everything was a success. I raised $100 and want to thank everyone who has donated to the cause.

The polar plunge was a huge success! The Brandywine Red Clay Alliance raised over $2000 for the watershed and environmental education. I also had a lot of fun. My costume won honorable mention - everyone loved the jelly fish idea and was even interviewed by two reporters! One was for the Daily Local, and I'm not sure what the other news agency was. When I went into the water, which was 39 degrees, I made it to my abdomen and won a shirt.

I'm attaching a few photos and I will be sending along my photo album. One fraternity from Widener University was there and I took a video of their silly antics while singing "Sweet Caroline." It was such a great time today.

And here is one of another song:

I hope you have a great rest of the weekend. I will be finishing another article for 5 Best Things, then relaxing. Thanks again for those who sponsored me today for the plunge!


I Survived the Brandywine Polar Plunge 2016


  1. Hooray for you, Jessica Marie!

    I was thinking about you today and wondering how it went. What was the air temperature? It looks like people have coats on so it must not have been as warm as predicted earlier in the week. 39 degrees is awfully cold water. You are one brave jellyfish! :) Looks like some of those participants couldn't wait to get back on dry land!

    Congratulations on taking the icy plunge for a worthy cause, dear friend Jessica!

    1. Hi Shady,

      This afternoon it was 62 degrees, but this morning I'd say it was 49; maybe 52 at the most for the air. 39 degrees has been the warmest water for the plunge! Usually the water is a bit above freezing (33, 34 degrees) in years past.

      Thank you, Shady! And thank you again for your donation. I had such a great time! :)