For multiple years, we, The Cameron Team, have been sponsors for a local event called The Dolphin Dip. This is North Carolina’s version of a Polar Dip. On New Year’s Day, a few thousand people converge at the Roland Avenue beach access in Surf City, NC, and, at the sound of a starting pistol, plunge into the freezing water at noon. It’s great fun and people look forward to it every year.
This is the 14th year for the Dip and it started with a bet among a small group of friends. Since then, it has evolved into a nonprofit fundraiser. Past charities have included groups who aid veterans, provide hospice care, and host surf camps for disabled children, each having a direct connection to our area. This year the Dip has TWO nonprofits it’s working with – Autism Support and Programs (A.S.A.P.) and Share the Table. Both groups represent very important issues in our area – a lack of care for autistic adults and a growing population facing hunger on a daily basis. Here’s a little bit of info about each group:
A.S.A.P. has two group homes and day programs for individuals with Autism. They provide services to help in the development of social skills, communication skills, positive behavior intervention, independence, and community involvement. They also help family members develop skills that are necessary for support. While A.S.A.P. assists people of all ages, they provide services well after the time many people on the spectrum lose their support.
Share the Table provides a free community meal, food pantry, and school backpack program to over 500 Onslow and Pender County residents per week. The school backpack program helps to feed children who attend the Topsail elementaries and middle school. It’s alarming how many people, oftentimes children and Seniors, in our area who go hungry every day. Share the Table is working hard to change that.
Money for both of these organizations will be raised through t-shirt sales, sponsorships, donations, and individual campaigns. There will also be a food drive that day for Share the Table, so all attendees are urged to bring a non-perishable item. Can’t make it? There are multiple people hosting individual campaigns, which you can donate through on the Dolphin Dip website. Every dollar helps!
The Dip happens at Noon sharp, but there will be a Yoga class starting at 10 a.m. and entertainment on the beach starting at 11 a.m. All are welcome! Matter of fact, here is a preview of the entertainment:
The 14th Annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza!
January 1, 2016
Show up at 11:00 am. Swim at 12:00 pm
Roland Ave. Beach Access. Surf City, NC 28445.
You can follow The Dolphin Dip on Facebook.