Locals Take a Chilly Plunge for Charity

New Year's Day is supposed be full of traditions like eating blacked eyed peas and making resolutions.

Hundreds gathered on the banks of the Econfina Creek Saturday for a different kind of tradition. Members of the Arctic Wolf Club always spend the holiday diving into a good cause: 62-degree water, 72 degrees outside, why would anyone in their right mind do it?

Mark Wolf is one of the founders of the club and says, "This year we are giving all the money to Seacrest Wolf Preserve and Bay County's Council on Aging."

More than 200 people turned out Saturday to make the icy plunge into Econfina Creek.

"It's a great way to ring in the new year."

The Arctic Wolf Club jump is an annual event, but you can visit with the wolves at Seacrest Wolf Preserve year round. Call 850-773-2897 for more information.