Take A Winter Jump Into The Ocean To Make A Difference


It’s C-C-C-Cold, but why not join the stampede of folks plunging into the Atlantic, all for a good cause? The McMahon family’s 19th Annual Take The Plunge event to benefit the New York Lung Transplant Fund takes place on Saturday, February 2, and this year, the McMahons are also dedicating the event to commemorate the life of beloved local Jim Mullen.

Annie McMahon, who has Breezy roots, suffers from cystic fibrosis, an incurable disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to form in the lungs and pancreas, triggering chronic infections. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, over 30,000 people in the U.S. live with the disease.

McMahon has had two lung transplants, and though its not been an easy road for the young woman, much less her family, the McMahons annually hosts the Annual Take The Plunge event to benefit the New York Lung Transplant Fund with the aim of helping others like Annie with the expenses associated with lung transplants. In years past, the plunge has raised funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This is the second year the money will go toward Help Hope Live. The McMahons chose the organization because it assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility to the full extent allowed by law for donors. Donors can be sure that funds donated will be used only to pay for or reimburse medical expenses.

The Plunge takes place on Saturday, February 2 at The Colony Theater, 200 Bayside Avenue, Breezy Point. Registration starts at 1 p.m. After the Plunge, warm up by joining the after-party, featuring live entertainment with DJ James Tubridy, and of course, good grog and food. Plungers get admission and a goody bag with a minimum of a $75 donation. Suggested donation for landlubbers is $50. Unable to attend, but still want to help? For more info, visit: helphopelive.org/campaign/9980 or rockawayplunge.com.

And by the way brave souls, no skinny dipping!