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Berlin, Md. – It’s almost time for our 26th Annual Penguin Swim to be held on New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2020. As always, the swim will be held at the Princess Royale Hotel, Oceanfront and 91st Street in Ocean City, MD. Get ready to dunk your penguin tail in the icy-cold Atlantic Ocean! Ocean City beach will be flooded with Penguins and it’s all for a good cause!

The Atlantic General Hospital Foundation is inviting individuals and teams to join in the fundraising. All Penguins will receive an official 2020 AGH Penguin Swim short-sleeve t-shirt for their $25 registration fee. Additional incentive prizes can be earned based on individual fundraising efforts! Individual and team participants can register online now to start collecting donations. To view this year’s shirts and prizes, or to register, visit or text PENGUIN to 51555.

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 wristbands, shirts and prizes early. You will also receive an additional incentive prize! All participants are required to register either online or in person and check-in on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day to receive a wristband to gain access to the swim area.

Special recognition awards will be given to Oldest and Youngest Penguins. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place 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. There will also be prizes awarded for the best costumes. Be sure to sign-up for the Costume Contest in the Atrium at the Princess Royale before the swim!

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.

The Details:

26th Annual AGH Penguin Swim

Princess Royale Hotel

91st Street Oceanfront

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
10:00am – 12:30pm Registration/Check-In and Prize Pick-Up – Premier Lobby (lower level)
10:00am – 2:00pm Carnival games, costume contest, and more – Atrium

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

1:00pm 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.

Special Thanks to the 2020 Penguin Swim Event Committee and Co-Chairs Michael Cylc and Phillip Cheung!

Thank You to this year’s Event Sponsors:

“The Emperor Penguin” and Legacy Sponsor – Bull on the Beach/Crab Alley for 26 consecutive years as Title Sponsor

Glacier Sponsors –Atlantic General Hospital Auxiliary; D3; Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort & Condominiums; SRS Group – Sentinel Robotic Solutions

Iceberg Sponsors – Hardwire; WBOC and WRDE

Igloo Sponsors – Carrabba’s Italian Grill OC;Chris Parypa Photography; Comcast Spotlight; Erik Cantine Ice Sculpting; Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A.; OC Wasabi; Ocean Downs Casino; The Shrimp Boat; Vector Media

Icicle Sponsors – Atlantic Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry; Coca-Cola Bottling Co. ; DJ Wax; Fisher’s Popcorn of Delaware, Inc.; Gismondi Insurance Associates; Guerrieri Family Foundation; Hi Tide Dispensary; La Quinta Inn and Suites; Long Life Treated Wood, Inc.; Nickle Electrical Companies; The Kite Loft; Trond & Linda Emberland; Wilmington University

Snowflake Sponsors – Adkins Produce; CG Accounting Group, LLC; Coastal Tented Events; Dolle’s Candyland; Dr. Sally Dowling & Family; Hayman Creative Promotional Products Agency, Inc.; Ireland RnR Tours; Lollipop the Clown; Max Hutsell / Edward Jones; O’Hare Team Real Estate BHHS – PenFed; S. Michael Cylc; Seacrets; Talbot Street Watersports; The Bonfire Restaurant; The Original Greene Turtle; The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art


Photo: Participants in the adult swim area heading into the ocean!