Dozens swim to raise money for children's charities

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BRADENTON BEACH, Fla. - Some brave Suncoast residents started the new year with a splash, as dozens jumped into the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday morning to raise money for children’s charities.

About 60 people took a dip in the ‘Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge’.  It was held at Bradenton Beach and was then followed by a party at Clancy's Irish Pub.

Since it started six years ago, organizers say they've raised more than $100,000 for local charities helping kids and families. “Especially in times like these when the economy is bad…children suffer the most,” said organizer Liza Gorin.

Recorded surf temperature Wednesday was 67 degrees in Manatee County.

This marked the 6th year of the event.