The Third Annual
Saturday, March 6, 2004

The weather was cold, damp and foggy, with an ocean temp of 37 degrees,
but the atmosphere was warm and upbeat!

The event was organized by Crest Tavern owner Lisa Fitzpatrick in memory of former Crest resident and lifeguard Andrew Alameno, who was lost his life in the World Trade Center attack.


The Phillie Phanatic, aboard Engine 437, again led the procession from the Crest Tavern to the beach via Jefferson Ave - this time with music by DJ Mikey D!


About 300 "plungers" and supporters made the march along Jefferson Avenue and onto the Beach.


The weather conditions were polar-like - - cold, and foggy, with an ocean temperature of 37!


The crowd was larger than ever despite the threatening weather conditions.



The Phanatic helped to welcome the plungers... only he can!

 Several plungers were Crest firefighters and other borough employees.

 There were even some mutual aid firefighters!

And onto the beach they go!



The annual polar plunge benefits the
Wildwood Catholic High School Scholarship Fund
and honors Wildwood Crest resident Andrew Alameno (Class of 1981),
who was lost in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

Participants dashed into the cold ocean waters on the Jefferson Ave. beach
in Wildwood Crest, where Andrew served as a summer lifeguard
during his high school days.

Crest Tavern owner Lisa Fitzpatrick, a friend of the Alameno family,
organized and coordinated the event.