HUNTINGTON BEACH – Up to 1000 beachgoers will take the plunge and run into the ocean during the 2009 Surf City Splash, an event that promises to provide some bone-chilling thrills in the name of fund-raising goodwill. Splashing into the Pacific Ocean for some 50 something temps, high noon is the countdown to fun at the Huntington Beach Pier at an annual event sponsored by Lions club, and one specific lady with a heart, Lee Love. Organizer Lioness Lee is helping raise funds for her favorite outreach program, Canine Companions. Started in 2001 when Huntington Beach resident Michael Parks organized the first event with his church group, Love joined in just a year or two later, producing t-shirts and publicity to grow it into an annually-recognized activity. Since that time, the event has changed names at least twice. This year is the first year it is called the Surf City Splash, in recognition of the city’s centennial celebration. While most city officials were unable to attend the splash as they are in Pasadena riding or watching Huntington Beach’s float in the Tournament of Roses Rose Parade, the spirit of the ocean remains with all who love the new year, and Huntington Beach.