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2008 Penguin Swim Called Most Successful Ever

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According to Sarah Yonker, Communications Coordinator for Atlantic General Hospital despite conflicting weather forecasts of rain and chilly temperatures or sun with high winds, hundreds of “Penguins” and spectators turned out for the 14th Annual Penguin Swim on New Year’s Day 2008 to make it the most successful ever.

With sun and temperatures in the 50s, event organizers say they could not have asked for better weather or better participation. The swim raised more than $67,000 for Atlantic General Hospital’s Foundation and while final expenses have not yet been tallied, it is the largest dollar amount ever raised during the annual event. With an initial goal to raise $49,500 after promotion and planning expenses, thanks to the dedicated swimmers from the Bull on the Beach team and others who turned out for the event estimates show that goal has been exceeded by more than $5,000.

Teams and individuals who played the largest parts in the event’s success were recognized with first, second and third-place prizes including in the individual category: first place to “Woody” Butch German with $2,575; second place to Georgia Speier with $725 and third place to Carrie Hall with $600. Team winners include: first place Bull on the Beach with $32,500; second place AGH Frostys with $6,840 and third place Ocean City Parrotheads with $5,460.

Special recognition was also given to the oldest and youngest swimmers. The youngest was
Lucy Ann Kaufhold (age 2 months, 25 days) who dipped her feet along with parents Theresa and Steve Kaufhold (Steve is the Swim’s perennial Batman figure). The oldest swimmers of record were Paul (age 69) and Lorayn (age 68) Whitson. 

AGH extends special thanks to the 14th Annual Penguin Swim sponsors Princess Royale, Arby’s of Salisbury, Dough Roller, Wal-mart #2560, Guerrieri Family Foundation, Midland Electrical Contractors, Delmarva Power, Peninsula Rehab and Sports Medicine, Red Sun Custom Apparel, Bull on the Beach, and Fisher’s Popcorn.

For more information about the 14th Annual Penguin Swim or next year’s event, contact the AGH Development office at 410-641-9644.

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Uploaded: 1/4/2008