Captain Waterfront to hold first-ever Middle River Penguin Plunge
- By Devin Crum -
In the same spirit as Maryland’s annual Polar Bear Plunge, real estate professional Harry “Skip” Tolley wants you to be “freezin’ for a reason” this month and help raise money for a good cause.
Tolley, also known as Captain Waterfront, will host the inaugural Middle River Penguin Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Middle River’s Sunset Cove restaurant, beginning at 11 a.m.
The event will benefit Operation NPLB, formerly known as No Person Left Behind, a veteran service organization. According to its website, Operation NPLB was founded in 2006 as an independent charity that allows like-minded professional hunters, fishermen and outdoor-minded people to ensure that disabled veterans always receive the best outdoor hunting and fishing opportunities.
NPLB Outdoors aids in the recovery and rehabilitation of injured service members from all eras who must endure the lifelong sacrifices made for our country. NPLB supports injured soldiers, sailors, Coasties, airmen and Marines by reintroducing them to hunting, fishing and life outdoors. Volunteers offer their time and skills to aid in the emotional recovery of our veterans through outdoor activities with fellowship and the encouragement to overcome any disability.
According to Tolley, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the organization.
Tolley also expressed his excitement for the event and his dedication to making it a success.
“If I get my horns into it, I’m not going to stop until it’s going to be a success,” he said, using the first golf tournament he organized as an example, which he described as a “massive success.”
Tolley added that he bent over backwards and worked himself to the bone to organize that tournament. “And I’ll do the same for this because it’s such a good cause and it’ll be something fun.”
He said the numbers of plungers signing up have been steadily climbing.
“It’s gonna be a blast, and they don’t have to drive to Annapolis to do it,” Tolley commented.
For their $50 plunge fee, plungers will receive a long-sleeve event shirt, along with an unforgettable experience. Teams of plungers as well as individuals are welcome, and anyone who wishes to attend but wants to stay warm and dry can simply pay a $10 cover charge at Sunset Cove which will also go toward the charitable proceeds.
“So people that don’t want to play and are scared, they can just come by and watch,” Tolley joked.
As of Tuesday, the event had raised about $1,400 from 17 donors, according to the registration web page, but Tolley noted that he is looking to register at least 100 plungers for the event. And he is hoping to raise at least an additional $50 from sponsors for each plunger as well.
Aside from jumping into the frigid waters of Middle River, the event will feature a heated tent, food and drink specials, special give-aways and a DJ for entertainment.
Tolley said of the event that some plungers he has spoken to are “really getting into it,” planning to don penguin costumes, gorilla suits and other fun attire while jumping into the water.
“I just want to make this a very big, local event in the middle of winter when nobody knows what to do,” he said.
Tolley explained that he is trying to keep the whole event as simple and streamlined as possible, so everything, including registration, donations and corporate donations, can be done through the event’s donation page at www.myevent.com/MiddleRiverPenguinPlunge.
Anyone wishing to become a corporate sponsor for the event is invited to contact organizers through their Facebook page or email email@example.com.
Sunset Cove is located at 3408 Red Rose Farm Road in Bowleys Quarters. Visit the event’s Facebook page at Middle River Penguin Plunge for more information or to register. The Facebook page also has a link to the donation and registration page.