Penguin Plunge

Thursday, January 1st, 2021 | City Island, Harrisburg

Update (11/5/20):

For the last 23 years, the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area has held the Penguin Plunge, a New Year’s tradition in Central PA. It is something that we know many, including ourselves, look forward to each year.

We have been working diligently for the past several weeks, behind the scenes, to come up with a plan to make this event happen despite COVID. However, with the resurgence of COVID and the recent guidance by the Department of Health to limit gatherings over the holidays, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Penguin Plunge.

We truly wanted to make this event work for all of us, and are sad to cancel. We look forward to this event as many of you do every New Year’s Day.

Please look for a series of emails through December reminding us of the awesome Penguin Plunges of the past that will hopefully lighten your spirits. To join our email list, click here:   then scroll to the bottom of the page to find our email sign up. 

Thank you for your continued support of HSHA.

PS – please send me any photos, videos or stories of years past you would like to share.  We would love to hear them and include them in our December emails. 

We may not be able to have the Plunge, but you can still raise funds to help the homeless animals of Central PA.  Check out our Honorary Penguin Plunge fundraising page. 


The Penguin Plunge will be celebrating 24 years in 2021, and the event has become a true tradition for many in Central PA.  Participants raise funds to support the homeless animals of Central PA, then come together on New Years Day to plunge into the icy cold Susquehanna River.  Hundreds more come to cheer on and watch these animal welfare warriors!

In addition to the Plunge, the event features a Pre-Plunge Chill Out Zone with food, beverage, activities and a place to hang out and get ready for the big event!

For more information about attending, sponsorship, or donating an auction item, please contact: Amanda Brunish, Director of Marketing & Outreach, or 717-564-3320 ext. 125.

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