Agh Penguin Swim The Go-To Event For New Year'S Day 2014

Roughly 750 participants and countless spectators celebrated New Year’s Day 2014 with the 20th Annual AGH Penguin Swim. The turnout was fantastic, according to event organizers, considering January 1 fell on a Wednesday this year.

The success of the event is due, in great part, to Penguin Swim co-chairs Sal Fasano and Madalaine How as well as the support of the communities and resort visitors Atlantic General Hospital serves.

At last tally, the Penguin Swim has raised $83,000 for the not-for-profit hospital, but that number is expected to increase as the final donations make their way to the AGH Foundation.

The notables from the event:

Top Fundraisers

1. Craig Kettler (Leesburg, Va.), $4,509
2. Butch “Woody” German (Baltimore, Md.), $1,480
3. Ivan Zorn (Berlin, Md.), $280

Team – Business Category
1. Bull on the Beach (Ocean City, Md.), $30,000
2. AGH Flapping Flamingos (Berlin, Md.), $2,254
3. Fisher’s Popcorn (Ocean City, Md.), $1,200

Team – Community Groups Category
1. Ocean City Ravens Roost #44 (Ocean City, Md.), $9,500
2. The Parke Penguins (Ocean Pines, Md.), $6,200
3. Eastern Shore Police Emerald Society/ OC FOOLS (Ocean City, Md.), $935

Individual – 18 & Under Division
1. Benjamin Kettler (Leesburg, Va.), $500
2. Emily DeHart (Cherry Hill, NJ.), $175
3. Danny Thibodeau (Davidsonville, Md.), $150

Team - 18 & Under Division
1. Stephen Decatur High School (Berlin, Md.), $620
2. Team Mad-stin (Ocean City, Md.), $245
3. Team Aidan Kypress (Bethany Beach, De.), $150

Prizes were also awarded for the youngest and oldest swimmers and winners of the costume contest.

Youngest Penguin: Macklin Bitler (10 months old)
Oldest Penguin: Papa Joe Gaffney (80 years young)

Costume Contest
Best Overall: John, Casey, Caroline and Ava Rolfes (Baltimore, Md.)
Most Spirited: Dave Kelley (Alexandria, Va.)
Most Creative: Linda Hopkins (Ocean City, Md.)
Best Little Penguin: Gigi Gijanto (Delmar, De.)

Special thanks to the AGH Penguin Swim sponsors, including the Casino at Ocean Downs and Erik Cantine, sculptor of this year’s ice throne.