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The Polar Plunge Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

                                    

 

What is the Polar Plunge?

The Polar Plunge is an annual event sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Monmouth County, a Catholic menís organization. The purpose of the event is to raise money for Catholic schools. 

 

When is the Polar Plunge?         

The Polar Plunge is typically held on a Sunday in January, with a 12:00 noon arrival, 1:00 pm in the water.

 

Where is the Polar Plunge?

The Polar Plunge location is selected by the AOH and will be posted on the SJS Polar Plunge page as soon as it has been announced.  It has historically been held in Sea Bright.

 

Who is the AOH?

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) was founded in 1836 in New York City. A Catholic menís organization dedicated to unity, charity and friendship. The Monmouth County Division 2 was founded in 1990. In addition to the Polar Plunge for Catholic schools, the division is involved in many charitable events, including Project Paul and the Wounded Warriors event. Click here to learn more about the AOH: www. njaoh div2.org .

 

How does the event work?

The schools are responsible for raising their own money and 100% of all money raised goes back to the individual schools. Initial fees and donations need to be made out to the AOH, but then the AOH writes St. James a check back for the entire amount (this is just a legal process that needs to be followed).

 

The participants of the event raise pledge money in order to participate, similarly to how other Fundraising Walks or Runs obtain pledges. Participants need to raise $25 from family and friends and then they have the pleasure of jumping into the ocean on a cold January Sunday.

 

And if they do not want to dive into the ocean themselves, students, families and friends can pledge money to sponsor someone or just make a donation to St James. 

 

Why should you participate?

Individual, family, or corporate donations for the Polar Plunge will directly enrich our childrenís educational experience at St. James.

 

Legal Disclaimer:

I KNOW THAT A POLAR PLUNGE IS A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS ACTIVITY.   I SHOULD NOT ENTER OR PARTICIPATE UNLESS I AM MEDICALLY ABLE.   I AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE RULES AND DIRECTIONS OF THE PLUNGE SPONSORS.   I ASSUME ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PLUNGE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE EFFECTS OF EXTREMELY COLD WATER AND TEMPERATURE ON MY BODY, FALLS AND THE RISKS OF ENTERING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN .   KNOWING THE RISKS I, MYSELF, AND ANYONE ENTITLED TO ACT ON MY BEHALF WAIVE AND RELEASE THE ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS, ALL SCHOOLS, ICHABODS, THE TOWN OF SEA BRIGHT AND ALL SPONSORS, REPRESENTATIVES AND THEIR SUCCESSORS FROM ALL CLAIMS OR LIABILITIES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS EVENT OR CARELESSNESS OF THE PERSON NAMED IN THIS WAIVER.   IN ADDITION, I GRANT THE ORGANIZRS TO USE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS AND OTHER MEDIA OF THIS EVENT FOR LEGITIMATE PURPOSES.   I KNOW THAT THIS EVENT INVOLVES THE COLLECTION OF PLEDGES.   PERSONS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN.