Around 14 pop-up tents set up in front of the new Long Sands Bathhouse housed registration, food, demonstrations by sponsors and a set of challenges that earned children age 4 to 12 points toward a free lunch, a bag of water safety-related goodies and some life-saving knowledge.
"It was a morning to make the late Chris Connors proud. Not only did more than 100 people dressed in green regalia plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in his honor, they got their Irish up along with their courage on St. Patrick’s Day. And they contributed to a fund that works toward his goal of keeping kids safe in the water.
Chris Connors, a former New York City bond trader, came to York 15 years ago, just months before the Sept. 11 tragedy when he lost his brother and many friends. In 2003, the longtime boater was looking for a way to support his new hometown and donated a rescue boat to the York Village Fire Department, launching the department’s search-and-rescue team. Connors, who has been voted an honorary member of the department by members as a thanks for his support, has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and pancreatic cancer.