Santa Swim raises money for Care and Share Fund
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.
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.
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.
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.