Santa Swim next Sat.

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

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. care­and­share­

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