Best yet for a dip in Greenwich Bay


January 1 is not always a forgiving time of year, especially for those planning to jump into the waters of Greenwich Bay for the benefit of Mentor Rhode Island. Two years ago, ice stretched out from the beach at Goddard Park to Apponaug Cove except for a room-sized hole just offshore, and that was none too inviting with floating chunks of ice. Wisely, Jo-Ann Schofield, Mentor RI president and CEO, postponed the Frozen Clam Dip and Obsta-plunge that year. By the time the bay thawed somehow there just wasn’t the excitement of a New Year’s event. Last year it was freezing, but the bay was clear of ice and they went for it. And then there was 2020. Conditions weren’t exactly perfect – the wind made it feel a lot colder than 46 degrees – but the sun was out and the tide was high. It was also a high-water mark for the fundraising event that brought in a record $14,177 between donations, sponsorships and registrations. The partnership with Laid-back Fitness that sets up the obstacle course for those venturing to cap off a run plus mastering obstacles has raised more than $68,000 for mentoring over nine years.


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