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Hot Freeze Raises $63,000
#ESVABeBoldGetCold We were overwhelmed by the incredible effort from our supporters on the rainy, cold day of the Freeze on 2/23. Led by Celebrity Dipper Richard Davis( top left with wife Kim) and the team from Lipman Farms, an enthusiastic group of dippers ran cheering into the frigid water.
While dippers ranged in age widely, they shared a love of community and a willingness to help others. Over $63,000 was raised for ESVA Habitat through their sponsors and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who made this event so successful. The generosity of Lipman Farms and Richard Davis, Farms Manager, is unparalleled as Richard raised over $22,000 which Lipman Farms will match, with their total donation over $44,000!.
1st Place Individual Dipper -Trent Ferebee-$1905
2nd Place Individual Dipper -Tommy Gallichio-$1225
3rd Place Individual Dipper –Tie-Pastor David Kay and Dakota Horning– with $1000 each.
First Place Adult Team -Northampton County Sheriff’s Department with over $8000
First Place Youth Team - Montessori Children’s House of Franktown with over $4000
We are very grateful to Trinity United Methodist Church in Cape Charles for allowing us to use their facilities and to Maui Jack’s Waterpark, Little Italy, El Maguey, Machipongo Trading Co., Subway, The Norfolk Tides, the Delmarva Shorebirds, Bojangles, Great Machipongo Clam Shack, The Island Creamery, Rancho Relaxo, Peach Street Books, Hardees, and the Corner Bakery for their prize donations. Lunch sponsors, Yuk Yuk and Joe’s, Stingrays, the Exmore Diner, Quail Cove, Joyce Holland, Pepsi and Virginia Beach Christian Church made sure that our dippers were warm and well fed after the dip.
Special thanks to Chairperson Penney Holland for her tireless leadership in this event and to the entire Habitat family.
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Celebrity Dipper Richard Davis(top left), Virginia Farm Manager for Lipman Family Farms is ready to hit the water for our February Freeze– “Freezin’ for a Reason”. Now is the time to start getting your team member signed up. We had such wonderful support and participation last year that the event raised over $35,000. Dippers who raise $65 or more will receive shirts and those who raise at least $35 get a hot lunch after the event. Register a team of your friends, your family, or your school or sign up to be an individual “dipper”, then sign up sponsors. Prizes will be awarded for most money raised in both individual and team categories. A parent or guardian’s written permission is needed for anyone under 18. Please download and print the forms prior to the event.
It was a great night made even greater by raising more than $15,000.00 to help build our next two houses. More than 140 guests enjoyed roasted oysters, barbecued chicken, pulled pork and sides while enjoying the music of “Thrown Together”. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the silent auction included gift certificates for special dinners, stays at resorts and a private home, beautiful artwork and crafts and home baked treats.
Our sponsors, Thomas A. Arnold, Inc., Berkley & Maxine Ashby, Don and Price Clark, Coldwell Banker Harbour Realty, Andy and Tammy Mason, Steve and Beth McClaskey, Katty Mears, Moore's Portable Solutions, Wayne Parsley, Pep-Up Inc., Barb and Ben Reinoehl, Napa Auto Parts, Susan Stinson, and Dave and Lisa Tankard contributed greatly to the success of the evening.
Without the planning and hard work of co-chairs Price Clark and Beth McClaskey and their volunteers it could not have happened.
Supporters joined us on Saturday June 23rd at the Oyster Room at Onley Town Center for an evening of good fun, great food, and a celebration of 30 years and 46 houses built for those in need of safe housing on the Shore.
We had some unique experiences which livened-up the auction like a 45 minute scenic flight for up to 3 people donated by Eastern Shore Aviation and a fishing trip for 2 on the Miss Jennifer. Of course there were valuable restaurant gift certificates for Bill’s Prime and Bizzottos, a bushel of crabs from Martin Seafood, retail gift certificates from Voiajers and Vernon Powell, even lodging at a campground. An oil painting by William Crockett and Box Turtle sculpture from David Turner were two of the stars of our live auction.
The final results are in for the 2018 February Freeze and they are AMAZING! Celebrity Dippers Robie Marsh and Evelyn Shotwell (below 2nd from right) led six teams and 94 dippers into the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles and $35,701 in pledges was raised to help us complete our mission to complete two homes this year for families in need of safe housing on the Shore.
First Place Team- Adults- Northampton County Sheriff’s Department
Second Place Team-Youths-Northampton Middle School, High School, and Honor Society.
1st Place Tommy Gallichio
2nd Place Trent Ferebe
3rd Place Jay Kellam
Heartfelt thanks to the teams from Lipman Produce, VIMS, Adarondacks, Broadwater Academy, and the 4-H Club selling cocoaand to all the brave individuals who hit the water and to those who supported them with pledges. Special thanks to Chairperson Penney Holland for her tireless leadership in this event.