Feb. 2 Valentine Plunge will benefit ALS patients and research

Last year, team “bae watch” was one of the first to exit the frigid water during the annual Valentine Plunge for ALS. PHOTO BY DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS

MANASQUAN — On Saturday, hundreds will plunge into the Atlantic Ocean to support the 13th annual Valentine Plunge for ALS [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis].

The plunge raised about $280,000 last year for the Joan Dancy & People with ALS [PALS] Foundation, with an expected increase this year.

“We had over 700 plungers last year and we get bigger every year due to new PALS becoming part of the plunge family,” said Jim O’Neill, chairman of the Valentine Plunge for the past 12 years.

The morning starts between 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Leggett’s Sand Bar for registration. Plungers will then head to Main Beach to prepare for a prompt noon-time plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, while in style.

Participants are invited to dress in costume and bring some fun to the beachfront. Those who dress in the best costumes will receive an award at the after plunge party at Leggett’s Sand Bar, where there will also be food and drink for guests to enjoy.

Prizes will be awarded to: an individual who raises the most money; a team that raises the most money; a team with the most creative costume; a team or individual with the most creative ALS T-shirt; and the most money raised by an individual under 18, the plunge’s website states.

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