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

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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.