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Berlin, Md.
– We’ve had our first snow of the year, and the leaves are falling from the trees: You know what that means! It’s time to sign up for the AGH Penguin Swim! This New Year’s Day marks the 24th anniversary for the event, which has become a local tradition on the lower Eastern Shore.

Penguins are encouraged to come wearing costumes for Best Costume Contests. Special recognition awards will be given to Oldest and Youngest Penguins. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies will be awarded to those who raise the most money in divisions for Individuals – Adults and 18 & under, and Teams – Businesses and Community Groups/Organizations and Youth/Family. All registered Penguins will receive an official 2018 AGH Penguin Swim short-sleeve t-shirt. Additional incentive prizes can be earned based on individual fundraising efforts.

Individual and team participants can register online and start collecting donations. In-person registration and check-in is from 10am-12:30pm on the day of the event, with the swim taking place promptly at 1pm. Pre-registration and advance check-in will be also held at Princess Royale on New Year’s Eve from 2-4pm. For more information, to view this year’s shirts and prizes, or to register, visit or text PENGUIN to 51555. Find the event on social media using #OCPenguinSwim, like us on Facebook at, or call the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation office at 410-641-9671 for more information.

It isn’t too late to join your fellow penguin community members take a dip in the icy cold Atlantic! All proceeds benefit Atlantic General Hospital Foundation.

The Details:

24th Annual AGH Penguin Swim

Monday, January 1, 2018

Princess Royale Hotel

91st Street Oceanfront

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

Caption: Emperor penguin and legacy sponsor Bull on the Beach leading the charge.