Santa Swim next Sat.
CAMBRIDGE — The 16th annual Santa Swim for charity, supporting the Care and Share Fund of Dorchester County, will be held this Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Resort, in Cambridge.
Individuals and groups have been gathering sponsors for the Santa Swim. The Santa Swimmers will be wading into the Choptank at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9:15 a.m..
Participants in the 2015 edition raised $16,000, an increase from 2014, for Care and Share Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization started to help people with immediate needs and provide individuals and families with food, clothes, toys and other items.
The Care and Share Fund, in addition to the holiday programs, provides aid to people who have critical needs that public sources do not meet. Care and Share also provides help with prescriptions, utility payments to prevent cutoff and medical equipment, and offers a variety of other services.
Participants of the Santa Swim will be competing for first place trophies in the following categories: individual, team, organization and business.
A Santa Swim team is a group of individuals who raise funds together. Teams may choose to take the plunge together, or “promote” a captain to take the plunge. The rules do warn: “Throwing a member of the team into the river does not constitute the selection of a captain.”
Each Santa will receive a Santa Claus hat on the day of the Swim. Santa’s elves will be on hand to give a towel to each Santa to wrap up in when they get out of the water.
There will be a “survivors’ celebration” immediately following the swim. In addition to the entertainment provided at that celebration, prizes and awards will be handed out.
The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake resort supports the swim in numerous ways, including donating food to the celebration after the swim, providing soup, hot and cold beverages and other refreshments to swimmers.
For more information about the Santa Swim, visit www. careandsharefund.org.