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26th Annual Penguin Swim Held in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- It's not every day you see penguins on Delmarva. But Wednesday it was flooded with them... kind of. Wednesday was the 26th annual Penguin Swim in Ocean City.

Hundreds of people dove into the cold waves, all for a good cause. The money raised from the swim goes to Atlantic General Hospital in nearby Berlin.

"[Donations] go back immediately into the community in the form of free and low cost health care clinics. We did over 400 flu shots this year and that number continues to rise," said Michael Cylc, co-chair of the Penguin Swim.

Running to the ocean

While each year new people take the plunge, there are a lot of familiar faces. Ravens Roost is a team that has participated for 12 years. This year, the group raised more than $14,000. 

"Over the last 12 years we've raised over $130,000 for the hospital," said the leader of the group, Gary Miller.

Along with the swim, people enjoyed games, face painting, and a costume contest.

"We actually have our jump-in areas separated. We kind of have our family and children on one side with people who might be a little cautious, and then we have our spirited on the other side," said Cylc.

Swimming Groups

As of Wednesday afternoon the Penguin Swim raised over $40,000. The final amount raised is still pending.

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