This past Sunday was the famous Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island. Bree Benz, a transgender woman from New York City, participated for the first time, jumping into the icy water to help Camp Sunshine, a charity devoted to helping children with multiple disabilities.
Benz showed off pictures from her adventure on social media, along with the statement:
“Nothing like a dip in ocean to start the new year off! Another first for me though the sponsors stated this was the 114th annual New Year’s Day Plunge. The ever so lovely but a little hungover Monica Prata was there for moral support and to take the professional grade post swim portrait pictures. We then enjoyed a delicious brunch at the Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook which will be a new favorite when the weather gets warmer. The Coney Island boardwalk and amusement park seems both a little tacky and yet charming from an iconic historical perspective so it made a perfect backdrop for this chilly but fun beach day. Best wishes to everyone for a happy new year!”
What an awesome way to celebrate the new year! Now, who’s going to join Benz next year?