The AOH Polar Bear Plunge was started in 2007 by the members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 2 Monmouth County, NJ for the purpose of helping Catholic Education. Funds raised by the event are used for scholarship, financial aid, endowments, and facility projects, in an effort to help schools maintain enrollment levels.
The event has grown in leaps and bounds thanks to the strong participation of the area Catholic Schools and their PTA groups. The event provides a platform for these groups to fund raise without the worries of operating the event. This cooperation has allowed all of the participating schools see a great return on their efforts with 100% of the funds raised returned to the plunging schools. In its nine year history, the event has returned over $850,000 to Catholic Schools. In 2015, 26 different schools took the Plunge.
The event is held in January in Long Branch, NJ and would not be possible without the help of , Rooney’s Long Branch, the Long Branch Police, Fire & First Aid Departments, and the support of the town in general.
Come join the Ancient Order of Hibernians at the Surf’s Edge and beyond!!!