Polar Bear Plunge seeks participants, sponsors

From left Matt Tennant and Robert Spiers “warm up” for the Polar Bear Plunge.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, a brave group will plunge into the frigid waters of Indian Creek to support YMCA Camp Kekoka.

Family and friends sponsor the Polar Bear Plunge participants to raise money for the Camp Kekoka Guardian Program, a scholarship fund which ensures every child gets to experience the summer overnight camp regardless of their ability to pay.

“I’m looking forward to taking a nice leisurely swim on the 21st,” said Robert Spiers, director of the Lancaster High School Red Devil Band and a first-time participant in the Polar Bear Plunge.

“I’m glad to help the YMCA Camp Kekoka in this fundraiser, and I hope everyone will be generous in their support,” he said.

Spiers is joined by Kilmarnock Baptist Church pastor, Matthew Tennant, who plunged for the first time last year.

“The festive atmosphere makes the plunge a great time! It’s almost fun enough to forget the cold water,” said Tennant. “Not really, but it’s a good cause.”

“Anyone can participate in the Polar Bear Plunge,” said Camp Kekoka director Cassie Leichty. “Plungers who collect $100 in sponsorships will get a t-shirt while $300 in sponsorships nets a Camp Kekoka hoodie.”

To sponsor Spiers, Tennant or another plunger, or to sign up to take the plunge, visit http://ymcacampkekoka.org.

The Polar Bear Plunge will take place at the waterfront at YMCA Camp Kekoka, 1083 Boys Camp Road, Kilmarnock. Plungers and sponsors are invited to warm up afterward with hot soup, hot chocolate, and other assorted goodies. Contact Leichty at 435-3616, or email cleichty@peninsulaymca.org.

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