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The official tally is not in, but event planners for the 18th Annual Penguin Swim anticipate exceeding their fundraising goal of $88,000. Nearly 1,000 people charged into the Atlantic Ocean at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day to raise funds for the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation.

“This was yet again an incredible show of support for AGH from our community. I cannot thank everyone enough – from the event sponsors, to our participants, to our crew of volunteers for making this possible,” said Amy Unger, director of development at Atlantic General Hospital. “And a special thanks to our Event Chair, Patricia Ilczuk-Lavanceau and to Phil Houck from the Bull on the Beach for their efforts to make this our most successful event ever!”

Top Fundraisers

1. Craig Kettler (Leesburg, Va.), $4,650
2. Woody “Butch” German (Baltimore, Md.), $3,074
3. Gregory Stamnas, MD (Berlin, Md.), $500

1. Bull on the Beach, $30,000
2. Bayside Plungers, $4,370
3. Ocean City Ravens Roost #44, $3,522

Individual – 18 & Under Division
1. Benjamin Kettler (Leesburg, Va.), $355
2. Zachary Fischer (Perry Hall, Md.), $160
3. Samantha Ewancio (Berlin, Md.), $155

Team - 18 & Under Division
1. Ocean Pines Hammerheads Swim Team, $975
2. Stephen Decatur High School, $805

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

Youngest Penguin: Paige DiLegge (6 months old)

Oldest Penguin – a tie at 83 years old:
Pasquale Lemme, Newark, Md.
Charlotte Langrall, Salisbury, Md.

Costume Contest Winners

Best Overall: Tom May (Ocean View, Del.)
Cutest Baby: Paige DiLegge (Fruitland, Md.)
Best Penguin: Gail Hunsberger (Coopersburg, Pa.)
Scariest Tourist: Chuck Regner (Salisbury, Md.)
Red Hot Penguin: Haley Wittestadt (Joppa, Md.)
Most Creative: David Kelly (Alexandria, Va.)

About Atlantic General Hospital
Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) Counties since May 1993. Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md. combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 25 primary care provider and specialist offices, care for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit