For our Northern visitors jumping into the chilly waters of the Gulf of Mexico on the First of January would be refreshing compared to the freezing lakes and rivers in the Great White North. At least they don't have to chop a hole in the ice first.
For us softies who have acclimated ourselves to the usually warm temps of Florida, a 69-degree Gulf is a tad too cold.
But at noon, Jan. 1, a crowd of brave souls will take the plunge at the Sixth Annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge.
Clancy's Irish Pub, 6218 Cortez Road, will sponsor the fundraiser, as the pub has from the start.
All of the proceeds benefit Caring for Children Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged children's programs in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
To date, more than $100,000 has been raised.
Participants are asked to gather pledges from their friends and neighbors.
A Post Plunge Party will follow at Clancy's with door prizes, beverages, food, and music by the Jack Tamburin Band.
The organizers has put out the challenge to "take the plunge" in the chilly Gulf waters to help fulfill the motto, "Give Where You Live."
At least it's not a skinny dipping event.
For information, call Jan Crudele of Caring For Children Charities/Florida Winefest at 941-952-1109.
Natalie Jefferson writes that she is exceedingly joyful for her daughter, Myracle Nicole Jefferson.
The 2010 Booker High graduate received her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Florida A&M University on Dec. 12.
Grandparents, Linda Jefferson, Yvonne Valmyr, Michael and Charlene Barton; great-grandparents, Harold "Papa" and Mildred "Granny" Barton; brother, Amoriaus Jefferson; and aunt, Teran Kelly, are also very proud of Myracle. Her father, Antonio Barton is deceased.
Jonathan Sabin is 39. Again!
Shutterbug and photo shop owner LeMoyne Johnson is scheduled to undergo the knife Jan. 6.
He recently fell and injured his rotator cuff.
There go any holiday travel plans, LeMoyne lamented
Here's hoping he gets his fastball back.
That's 55 years of wedded bliss for Jackie and Jake Jacoby.
Bradenton Christian School and Furman University graduate Aaron Lenox recently flew to San Diego to visit his sister, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Cristine Civil, at her staff
Aaron also is very proud of his sister, as Cristine was one of five who received a Navy Achievement Medal for her work during the past year.
Last week the Crewe of De Soto joined with The Toy Cabinet/Overcome Birth Defects to bring toys to children at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Easter Seals of Southwest Florida and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
This year marks the fifth year The Toy Cabinet/Overcome Birth Defects brought toys to children in Manatee and Sarasota who are sick or disabled.
The Toy Cabinet/Overcome Birth Defects is a non profit organization based in Bradenton that offers research, education, counseling and assistance to families of children with birth defects
Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with "Nudi's Neighbors" every Friday. Reach him at 941-708-7774 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.