Pittsburgh, PA — Cover the “Pitts-burrrrrgh” Drowned Hogs as they take their 7th annual plunge into the Mon River to help local kids and assist Punxsutawney Phil predict when spring is to arrive. This fundraiser to benefit Circle C Youth & Family Services will begin with Warm-uPS at  11:00 AM at the 18th Street Boat Ramp on the South Side. The “Plunge” is at NOON. There is no foul weather date! It’s a great way to celebrate the coming of spring with mascots Monongahela Mari and the Mayor of Hogdom! Ample press areas will be available at the dock. For complete event details go to www.circlec.net.

Event details. Swimmers and the public are welcome to share a hot cup of coffee compliments of Starbucks, Pittsburgh’s own Better-Maid Donuts, and some inspiring headdresses and other “flotation devices” from Kahuna Balloona.Mastershield is hosting a “Hog Wash” where swimmers can get doused with warm water to shake off the chill of the “Mon.” The president of the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club, Frank Nelson, will help lead the charge along with “Head Hog,” Al Bollinger. Special guest, Tom “Crazy Hog” Haddock, 17 year plunge veteran of the “Drowned Hogs,” is flying to the Burrrrrgh to represent the original Boston chapter for the Pittsburgh swim. Al and Tom co-founded the event in Hull Massachusetts (www.drownedhogs.org). Their efforts have raised over half a million dollars for Wellspring, a  community action and human service organization.

After the plunge, all are invited to the “Hog Thaw Jam” at the Inn-Termission Lounge  ( 1908 East Carson Street) for warm chili compliments of Piper’s Pub, door prizes and hot blues by Miss Freddye and Mike Huston.

About Circle C Youth & Family Services
Circle C is a private, nonprofit agency serving troubled and disadvantaged youth throughout the greater Pittsburgh area since 1967. Through community-based group homes, foster care and transition support programs, they provide a treatment and therapy to children, adolescents and young adults, all from Allegheny County. Approximately 240 children were served over the past year. Circle C gratefully acknowledges their corporate sponsors, including: Mastershield, Northwest Savings Bank, First National Bank, and Hoffman Kane Distributors.


By: Barbara Ginsburg

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