Mainers brave icy water for Camp Sunshine | News
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Saturday many braved the icy waters of Casco Bay to raise money for a local cause.
The Camp Sunshine Polar Dips hosted its 9th annual event, raising money for Camp Sunshine - a non-profit retreat on Sebago Lake for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling and Miss Maine were both at the event.
Event organizers said they're happy with the turnout.
"We have families that are participating, we have families that are participating -- and they're really here because they know what our families are going through," said Michael Smith from Camp Sunshine. "And what they're going to put themselves through for just a few minutes here in the water - it certainly doesn't compare to those things that ill children and their families are dealing with. So we're freezing for a reason."
Organizers hoped to raise $18,000 -- and before the dip even began, their total had reached $21,000.