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Berlin, Md. – It’s not too late to join your fellow penguin community members and take a dip in the icy cold Atlantic. Sign up for the AGH Penguin Swim today! This New Year’s Day marks the 25th 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, Community Groups/Organizations, and Youth/Family. All registered Penguins will receive an official 2019 AGH Penguin Swim short-sleeve t-shirt. Additional incentive prizes can be earned based on individual fundraising efforts.

Event day registration will begin at 10:00am, ending promptly at 12:30pm, with the main event at 1:00pm on the beach. The time in between will be chock full of fun activities the whole family will enjoy: carnival games, face painting, mermaids and more.

The Bull on the Beach team will parade down the beach at 12:45pm from 94th Street to the swim area in front of the Princess Royale. Spectators are welcome!

Participants are encouraged to come to pre-registration and advance check-in at the Princess Royale in the Premier Lobby from 2:00-4:00pm on New Year’s Eve. Avoid long lines on event day and pick up shirts and prizes early. You will also receive an additional incentive prize!

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. All proceeds benefit Atlantic General Hospital Foundation.

The Details:

25th Annual AGH Penguin Swim

Princess Royale Hotel

91st Street Oceanfront

Monday, December 31, 2018

2:00-4:00pm Pre-Registration/Advance Check-In and Prize Pick Up – Premier Lobby (lower level)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
10:00am – 12:30pm Registration/Check-In and Prize Pick-Up – Premier Lobby (lower level)
10:00am – 2:00pm Carnival games and more – Atrium

12:45pm Bull on the Beach team parade down the beach

1:00pm The Swim

1:15 – 2:00pm Awards Ceremony – Atrium

Proceeds from the event, gathered through corporate sponsorships and participant fundraising, support the strategic plans undertaken by Atlantic General Hospital to uphold their mission to improve individual and community health. Atlantic General Hospital is a 501(c)3 organization.

Thank You to this year’s Event Sponsors:

“The Emperor Penguin” and Legacy Sponsor – Bull on the Beach/Crab Alley for 25 consecutive years as Title Sponsor

Glacier Sponsors – Above Aerial; Atlantic General Hospital Auxiliary; D3; Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort & Condominiums; WBOC TV

Iceberg Sponsors – Hardwire; WRDE TV

Igloo Sponsors – BJ’s on the Water; Blue Water Development Corp.; Chesapeake Employers' Insurance Company; Chris Parypa Photography; Clear Channel Outdoor; OC Wasabi; Ocean Downs Casino; Ocean Tower Construction; The Shrimp Boat; Trond's Pool Care; Vector Media

Icicle Sponsors – Atlantic Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry; Bayside/Carl M. Freeman Companies; Carrabba's Italian Grill; Coffee Beanery 94th Street; Deeley Insurance Group; Delmarva Collections; Delmarva Now; Fisher's Popcorn of Delaware; Guerrieri Family Foundation; i.g. Burton Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat; Jolly Roger Amusement Park; La Quinta Inn and Suites; Nickle Electrical Companies; Ocean City Today; Red Sun Custom Apparel; The Bank of Delmarva; The Kite Loft; Wilmington University

Snowflake Sponsors – Adkins Produce; Bonfire Restaurant; CG Accounting Group; Coastal Tented Events; S. Michael Cylc; Dolle's Candyland; Ladies Auxiliary Ocean City Elks No. 2645; Lollipop & Co.; Matt Ortt Companies; Max Hutsell / Edward Jones; Nori Sushi Bar & Grill; O.C. Seacrets; Powerhouse Gym; Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen; Shore United Bank; Talbot Street Watersports; The Original Greene Turtle; Tom D’Ambrogi / Long & Foster Real Estate

Special Thanks to the 2019 Penguin Swim Event Committee and Co-Chairs Michael Cylc and Phillip Cheung!

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.