Cue the theme song to Jaws. But this time it’s all for a good cause: on March 10 Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter and Dave Hegermiller, chief of Riverhead’s police department, will face off in a showdown against the sharks who live in the briny waters of the Long Island Aquarium’s Lost City tank.

Walter and Hegermiller won’t be your typical ‘pool sharks.’ As part of a fundraising evening to benefit the Aid to the Developmentally Disabled which presently operates thirty residential programs  in locations throughout Eastern Long Island for adults who are mentally and/or physically disabled, Walter and Hegermiller have agreed to lower themselves in a shark cage into the 120,000 gallon tank and swim nose to nose with the sharks.

The Shamrock Shindig, as the charity event is known, is in its second year. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, an Irish buffet and an evening of comedy from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Aquarium on East Main Street in Riverhead.

Tickets for the event are $65 for adults and $25 for children. To purchase tickets, click here.

To make an additional donation to ADD, click here for their fundraising page.

Source: Press release issued by Aid to the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. dated February 19, 2016.


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