Santa Swim raises money for Care and Share Fund

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — A year af­ter un­sea­son­ably warm weather in the 60s, the 16th an­nual Santa Swim, sup­port­ing the Care and Share Fund of Dorch­ester County, saw lo­cal res­i­dents plunge into the Chop­tank River at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Re­sort in Cam­bridge on a brisk 36-de­gree morn­ing.

The event raised more than $11,000 by Satur­day, Dec. 10, and the Care and Share or­ga­ni­za­tion will con­tinue to ac­cept do­na­tions through Dec. 31. Care and Share Fund Inc., a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, was 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.

Care and Share mem­ber Dave Can­non said a lo­cal busi­ness, which wanted to re­main anony­mous, will match the Santa Swim to­tal raised through Dec. 31 up to $25,000.

“We are very grate­ful to all who sup­port Care and Share and the Santa Swim each year,” Can­non said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate that very much. Your sup­port helps so many in Dorch­ester County who need as­sis­tance. One hun­dred per­cent of what you’ve raised will go back to help some­one in our com­mu­nity. Thank you to the Hy­att for host­ing the event again this year.”

The Quota In­ter­na­tional of Cam­bridge team raised $2,579, the most money for the Santa Swim. Santa’s Lit­tle Helpers, a team fea­tur­ing stu­dents and sis­ters Emma Nagel and Kay­lyn Nagel, raised $2,030.

The Book Club Po­lar Ex­press team raised $1,338, and Old Trin­ity-South Dorch­ester Good Neigh­bors raised $1,335.

Kay Trice raised the most in­di­vid­u­ally at $500, with Mrs. Claus com­ing in sec­ond with $300 raised and Brod­er­ick Nutter rais­ing the third most at $270.

Other teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in­cluded the Dorch­ester County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice and the Cam­bridge Po­lice Depart­ment.

“I, along with mem­bers of my of­fice, en­joy par­tic­i­pat­ing in this event, and rais­ing the money for Care and Share be­cause we do know the money goes right back into the com­mu­nity,” said Dorch­ester County State’s At­tor­ney Wil­liam Jones. “The money goes to things that may not have an­other re­source. We are happy to go out and try to raise some money.

“Thank you to our donors. We have a lot of busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als that sup­ported us. Five min­utes or so of the pain in the chilly wa­ters is a small price to pay in ex­change for the dona- tions that our donors very gra­ciously gave us.”

Cam­bridge po­lice has part­nered with the Care and Share or­ga­ni­za­tion through its “Shop with a Cop” pro­gram. The po­lice team plung­ing into the wa­ter in­cluded Chief Daniel Dvo­rak.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Santa Swim is very re­ward­ing,” Dvo­rak said. “The Care and Share Foun­da­tion helps us a lot with do­na­tions. They are help­ing us with ‘Shop with a Cop’ this month. We’ll be buy­ing Christ­mas presents for kids.

“They have been a great part­ner for us. We are glad to sup­port them. This was our first time out so next year we are go­ing to make it big­ger. We are happy to do it, and I ap­pre­ci­ate my of­fi­cers for com­ing out for it.”

The Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake re­sort sup­ported 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. Mu­si­cian Sum­mer Snead also per­formed dur­ing the event.

“You are the core of the com­mu­nity that re­al­ize how im­por­tant these types of events are to those in need,” said WCEI ra­dio host and mas­ter of cer­e­monies Matt Spence. “Care and Share op­er­ates in large part due to events like this. We can­not do it with­out your help each and ev­ery year.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Santa Swim and the Care and Share Fund, visit www.care­and­share­fund.org.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Dorch­ester County State’s At­tor­ney Wil­liam Jones, left, and Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-MidShore, show their strength at Satur­day’s Santa Swim in Cam­bridge.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Santa’s Lit­tler Helpers team mem­ber Emma Nagel takes a plunge in the Chop­tank River at Satur­day’s Santa Swim in Cam­bridge. Emma, along with her sis­ter Kay­lyn raised $2,030 for the Santa Swim.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

The Quota In­ter­na­tional of Cam­bridge team plunges into the Chop­tank River at Satur­day’s Santa Swim in Cam­bridge. The team raised $2,579 for the Santa Swim, the most be any team.

Dorch­ester County State’s At­tor­ney Wil­liam Jones, front, takes the plunge at Satur­day’s Santa Swim in Cam­bridge with Cam­bridge Po­lice Chief Daniel Dvo­rak, left, Cam­bridge Po­lice Pfc. Eric Miller and Nathan Dvo­rak.

Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R37-Mid-Shore, takes a plunge in the Chop­tank River at Satur­day’s Santa Swim in Cam­bridge.

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