About 250 people took part in the Fairhaven Polar Plunge at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven on New Year’s Day to help raise money for scholarships. This included the Allen family, pictured above. Terry Allen and his son Josh, and daughter Chelsea took part in the icy challenge. Kathy Lopes is the chairwoman of the Fairhaven plunge. She said the event awards a $1000 scholarship to a Fairhaven student majoring in either psychology, sociology or law enforcement.
The past two years scholarship has been awarded to a Fairhaven High School Student who was majoring in law enforcement. This year students who attend Greater New Bedford Regional, Vocational, Technical High School in New Bedford are also able to apply for the scholarship.
This is the events third year since it took over after the 2010 cessation of the former Fairhaven Polar Plunge at Fort Phoenix, which was held in memory of Nancy Schonheinz who was killed in a domestic violence incident. Schonheinz was a Fairhaven resident and physical therapist.
Lopes said the mission of the plunge is still to call attention to domestic violence as well as to raise money for scholarships.
Donations can be sent to Dollars For Scholars, at 100 Cedar St., Fairhaven, MA 02719 according to Southcoast Today.
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This blog was originally published on January 12, 2015 on www.boldmovesrealestate.com