The popular charity event, the annual Greenbrier Valley Polar Bear Plunge, is set for Saturday, March 1o, and will be held at the Ronceverte Island Park. The club is celebrating 15 years of plunging in the cold, cold, cold water.
For the second year in-a-row, the club’s original meeting site cannot be used due to damage caused by the historic 2016 floods. In the previous 13 events, club members plunged into Anthony Creek located at the Blue Bend Recreation Area in the Monongahela National Forest. This year, club members will be going into the Greenbrier River as they raise funds for the Child and Youth Advocacy Center of Lewisburg.
Many thanks to all the plungers, sponsors and volunteers who help to combat child abuse in Greenbrier Countyg. Also,l to the city’s Maintenance Department, the Ronceverte Police Department, the Ronceverte Fire Department, Greenbrier County Homeland Security, Greenbrier County Emergency Ambulance Service and HealthNet Aeromedical Services for helping in this event and keeping the event safe.
Over 400 fearless individuals have earned their polar bear membership cards in the 15-year history of the club. Club members from all across West Virginia and seven separate states, including Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio, have plunged. In 2013, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed the event a “special West Virginia tradition,” and the plunge was also named a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event for 2014. Many plungers also dress up in their favorite family friendly costumes to win prizes.
Past notable plungers include Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dent, State Senator Stephen Baldwin, Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester, State Police Superintendent Col. Jan Cahill, retired Navy Rear Admiral Jay Bowling and Reality TV Star Mark Bowe.
Last year the club raised $19,000 and since 2005, over $100,000 has been raised for the 501-c-3 non-profit Child and Youth Advocacy Center. As always, 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the organization that interviews and counsels sexually abused children in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties and aids in the prosecution of sex offenders.
Currently, Polar Bears are roaming the area seeking plunge sponsorships. Businesses may be listed on the Polar Bear T-shirts and in the program guide. Plungers who raise at least $25 will receive a T-shirt. Fundraising packets can be picked up at the CYAC or Little Black Box in Lewisburg. Contact the CYAC at 304 645 4668 or visit facebook.com/greenbrierpolarbear.
So save the date for the 15th Annual Greenbrier Polar Bear Plunge, Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Ronceverte Island Park.
Note: You must be 15 years or older to plunge.
After you take the plunge, call Lewisburg Realtor®, Rebecca Gaujot, at 304-520-2133 and take the plunge to buy a home or sell your home.