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Photos: See hundreds honor Pete Frates at Good Harbor Beach in last ‘Plunge 4 Pete’

The event will help offset some of the medical debt Frates' family accrued during his battle with ALS.

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It was just a few weeks ago that the family and friends of Pete Frates gathered to mourn the former Boston College athlete, who died Dec. 9 after a courageous battle with ALS that helped inspire the Ice Bucket Challenge and raise millions for research.

But this past Saturday, when more than 1,000 took to Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, they were there to celebrate Frates and his legacy on what would have been his 35th birthday — and take one last freezing-cold dunk in his honor.

The event, in its eighth year, raised money for the Pete Frates #3 Fund, which helped pay for Frates’ medical bills. The family has accumulated roughly $500,000 in debt for Pete’s care, said his father, John Frates, and the final fundraiser will hopefully help close the gap.

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Here are some scenes from the event, in which those attending took the plunge and filled buckets with ocean water for once last Ice Bucket Challenge.

Pete Frates’ widow, Julie, right, arrives at Good Harbor Beach Saturday with her entourage of friends during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete” on what would have been Pete Frates’ 35th birthday.

Pete Frates’ college roommate, Michael Spicer, 34, of Wellesley arrives for the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete.”

Pete Frates’ mom, Nancy, hands out buckets for one last ice bucket challenge during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete.”

People take the ice bucket challenge during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete” at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester.

Pete Frates’ dad, John, dumps a bucket of ocean water over his head as part of an ice bucket challenge during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete” in Gloucester.

People take the ice bucket challenge during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete” in honor of ALS activist Pete Frates of Beverly.

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Pet Frates’ mother, Nancy Frates, hugs Bruins legend Ray Borque during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete” Saturday.

Pete Frates’ mom, Nancy, sings Happy Birthday to Pete with members of her family during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete” on what would have been Pete Frates 35th birthday.

]Pete Frates’ widow, Julie, is embraced during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete.”

Members of the, “Wedding Splashers” cheer before the start of the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete” Saturday at Good Harbor Beach.

A man cheers after dumping a bucket of ocean water on his head during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete.”

Participants take to the water during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete.”

Pete Frates’ widow, Julie, runs straight into Good Harbor during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete” in honor of her husband, who died of complications from ALS earlier this month.

Participants take to the water at the “Plunge 4 Pete.”

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Things got wet and wild at the annual “Plunge 4 Pete.”

Pete Frates’ widow, Julie, right, laughs after running into Good Harbor. “He is laughing so hard right now at me getting into the ocean,” said Julie, who for the first time participated in the plunge wearing the bikini she had on when she first met her husband.

Pete Frates’ widow, Julie, left, laughs after running into Good Harbor.

Andrea Sheehey, left, sobs as she embraces Pete Frates’ aunt Dana D’Alfonso during the last annual “Plunge 4 Pete” on Saturday. Sheehey said she’s lost nine members of her family to ALS.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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