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Jill Rutsky, wife of the late Scott Rutsky, gets a hug from event organizer Tom Patterson as they leave the water during the 11th annual Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach in Westport on Monday. Jill Rutsky, wife of the late Scott Rutsky, gets a hug from event organizer Tom Patterson as they leave the water during the 11th annual Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach in Westport on Monday. This year’s event was in honor of Scott, who passed away last year and was a major contributor to various charities.
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Westport’s Brian Whiting holds his son, Christopher, while reaching for a towel during the plunge. for towels during the 11th annual Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on January 1, 2017 in Westport’s Brian Whiting holds his son, Christopher, while reaching for a towel during the plunge. for towels during the 11th annual Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. they event helped to to raise money for many different charities. Some of the charities that benefit are Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Guidance Center, MS, Temple Israel social actions fund and Homes with Hope. New addition this year is The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
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The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years Day, Monday in Westport. The plunge, in its 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years Day, Monday in Westport. The plunge, in its 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Guidance Center, MS, Temple Israel social actions fund and Homes with Hope. New this year is The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
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The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Guidance Center, MS, Temple Israel social actions fund and Homes with Hope. New this year is The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
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Jill Rutsky congratulates plungers at The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge
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The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Guidance Center, MS, Temple Israel social actions fund and Homes with Hope. New this year is The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
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The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Year’s Day in Westport. The plunge in its 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Year’s Day in Westport. The plunge in its 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy and others.
Photo: Alex Von Kleydorff / Hearst Connecticut Media
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The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Guidance Center, MS, Temple Israel social actions fund and Homes with Hope. New this year is The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
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The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Guidance Center, MS, Temple Israel social actions fund and Homes with Hope. New this year is The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Photo: Alex Von Kleydorff / Hearst Connecticut Media
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The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Guidance Center, MS, Temple Israel social actions fund and Homes with Hope. New this year is The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
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The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Guidance Center, MS, Temple Israel social actions fund and Homes with Hope. New this year is The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Photo: Alex Von Kleydorff / Hearst Connecticut Media
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The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan The Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach on New Years day, Monday January 1, 2017 in Westport Conn. The plunge in it's 11th year, raised money for charities, such as Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Guidance Center, MS, Temple Israel social actions fund and Homes with Hope. New this year is The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
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5 yr-old Marley Paradise from Greenwich points to the donut she wants from Donut Crazy for dad Jeff, during the Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach

WESTPORT — Westporters took a dip in the frigid Long Island Sound on New Year’s Day for the 11th annual Temple Israel Polar Bear Plunge at Compo Beach.

This year’s event was in honor of Scott Rutsky, who passed away last year and was a major contributor to various charities.

The event helped to to raise money for many different charities. Some of the charities that benefit are Interfaith Housing, Marfan Foundation, Autism Speaks, PanCan, Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish, United Cerebral Palsy, Child Guidance Center, MS, Temple Israel social actions fund and Homes with Hope. A new addition this year is The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

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