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Polar Bear Plunge raises $45,957 towards Camp Kekoka scholarships

Some 51 plungers of all ages participated in the Polar Bear Plunge. Photo by Donna McGrath

APYC/YMCA Camp Kekoka enjoyed it’s largest ever Polar Bear Plunge January 27. There were 51 hardy individuals who braved the frigid water of Indian Creek and raised $45,957 which will enable over 50 children, ages 9-15 an opportunity to attend camp this summer.

Resident camp executive director Ana Mae Morrow was overwhelmed by all of the support this plunge received, starting with the 435 individuals whose donations supported all of the plunges, surpassing the goal of $45,000.

“I want to thank these donors and plungers from the bottom of my heart,” said Morrow. “We also value our partnership with the Alexandria Police Youth Camp, who purchased this property in 1947 to get kids out of the city and into a rural setting. The officers identify children in Alexandria with good behavior who do not have the funds for camp and help us raise money to give them a life-changing experience. They also send two officers to each of the six weeks to help with the daily activities.”

Committee chairman Stacey Akers also thanked the plungers, donors, committee and volunteers.

Thanks to Mary McCoig and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for patrolling the waterfront….

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