10th Annual Winter Plunge
Thank you for a wildly successful Winter Plunge!
On Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 a group of 31 Plungers ran into the icy cold waters of Boston Harbor to raise funds for the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project and raise awareness of the reality of domestic violence in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.
Continuing with tradition, most plungers dressed in fun costumes, ranging from drag queens to penguins to Elvis Presley. This year, we were once again serenaded at the ocean's edge by the exuberant Extraordinary Rendition HONK! band from Rhode Island. According to Curt Rogers, GLBTQ DVP Executive Director, “We work with the very serious issue of domestic violence 365 days out of the year. When we raise funds, we like to have a little fun.”
More than a spectacle, the event is a learning process for everyone involved. As plungers spend weeks raising money for the organization they are also starting conversations with their friends, families, and coworkers about the prevalence of domestic violence and barriers GLBTQ people face in accessing services.
This year the Winter Plunge raised over $17,000 toward supporting GLBTQ DVP’s work within GLBTQ communities. Kevin Kealing received the annual Royal Plunger Award for raising the most money ($3,750). "GLBTQ DVP provides critical services in our communities,” says Kealing. “Although the landscape for GLBTQ victims and survivors who are seeking services has changed within the last ten years there is still a lot of work to be done. Continual support for services for victims and survivors, as well as education/outreach about GLBTQ domestic violence is critical.”
Donate to the Plunge!
If you couldn't join us at the event, consider making a donation now in support of one of our plungers. Our current list of online plungers is below, each with a link to their individual fundraising webpage.
Current Top Fundraiser as of March 3rd, 2014
Kevin Kealing: $3,760
Full List of Plungers (click to view their fundraising pages)
Angelo Musumeci (link not yet available)