NAVARRE BEACH — Mark your calendars for Jan. 1 at Juana’s Pagodas Sailors’ Grill in Navarre Beach for the 10th annual Penguin Plunge & Paddle.

At 12:30 p.m., participants can show off their paddle skills in a stand-up paddle board adventure course.  At 1:30 p.m. participants will take a dash from the beach and plunge into the Santa Rosa Sound. Afterwards in Juana’s beach tent, participants can "chill" and enjoy complimentary food, drink, live music, awards and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Santa Rosa Kids’ House and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. These nonprofit organizations help abused and neglected child victims and their families through the recovery process by providing free services from investigation to healing, all under one roof, in a child-friendly environment.

Last year, hundreds of people took the plunge with hundreds more "chicken" spectators braving the cold to watch. Entry fee per person for the plunge starts from $20 and the SUP Adventure starts from $30. The sooner one registers, the less the cost is, and one can register on the day of the event. All participants will receive a long-sleeved shirt. Participants can register on-line at juanaspagodas.com/penguinplunge.htm.

For more information, to donate raffle prizes, or be a sponsor, call or email Chelsea Fox at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center at 850-833-9237, ext. 256,

chelsea@eccac.org.