Greenbrier Polar Bear Club Celebrating 15 Years of Freezin’ For a Reason

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Real Estate Agent with Vision Quest Realty WV0026375

Greenbrier Polar Bear Club 15th annual plungeThe 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.

 Greenbrier Polar Bear Club's 15th annual plunge

 

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.

 Greenbrier Polar Bear Club's 15th annual plunge

 

 

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.  

           

                                      

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Hannah Williams
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Such brave souls Rebecca Gaujot for a good cause BRRR

Jan 22, 2018 09:41 PM #1
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Hannah Williams, it is for a great cause, but too cold for me. I'll just go and watch :) 

Jan 22, 2018 10:11 PM #2
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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When I lived on the East Coast, there used to be this same plunge in CT, NY and vicinity... I always that people were crazy to do it... even if it is for a good cause, I would just contribute with my wallet...way too cold for me:))Endre

Jan 22, 2018 10:28 PM #3
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When they do the same thing here, there is the added visual effect of snow and ice.... but I really do thing that looks deceive and I'll bet those  crazy polar bear devotees are jumping into the lake there are every bit as cold as the crazy people who jump into the pond here, LOL!!

Jan 22, 2018 11:02 PM #4
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Good morning Rebecca - well at least they waited until March.  They have one here in January.  Too cold for me.

Jan 23, 2018 03:40 AM #5
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I hope the fund raising event will be a huge success. Thank you for sharing 

Jan 23, 2018 05:48 AM #6
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Good morning Rebecca.  My hat is off to these folks.  I'm not sure I could do this anymore.

Jan 23, 2018 06:04 AM #7
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With as much as I dislike the cold, I doubt that I will ever be a member of any polar bear club, haha.  Those people are crazy!

Jan 23, 2018 06:54 AM #8
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Rebecca, I just shiver even thinking of doing this, and we have one annually too.   Does a polar bear really have a purple tongue?

Jan 23, 2018 08:36 AM #9
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Endre Barath, Jr. - I definitely agree with you, too cold and would rather give a donation to the charity.

 

Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate - yes they are all crazy to jump in a lake or river in the winter.

Jan 23, 2018 01:29 PM #10
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Grant Schneider - yes but it is still cold here in March and usually snow on the ground.

Gita Bantwal - this is usually a big success for the charity. I myself will watch and just give a donation.

Jan 23, 2018 01:31 PM #11
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Gabe Sanders - For sure, I will not do this :)

Brian England - oh yeah, crazy! I will watch and donate to the charity.

Joan Cox - I shiver also just thinking about this. Does polar bears have purple tongues....well I would if I jumped in the cold water :)

 

 

 

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Oh my gosh, I would open up my purse and donate before I would ever do that, Rebecca! Kudos to those 400 who have though - they are surely brave souls!!

Jan 23, 2018 04:30 PM #13
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - yes, very brave, unlike me.

Jan 23, 2018 05:27 PM #14
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I remember you writing about this local event in past years. I'm glad it's still going strong. I hope they have a record breaking fundraising year. 

Jan 28, 2018 02:37 PM #15
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Debbie Laity, this is always a successful event. I hope to go and take photos and believe me I will not be participating :) 

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I recall this chilly event from years past.  I'm sure it will be a huge splash!  

Jan 30, 2018 09:47 AM #17
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John McCormack - indeed and still is an annual event.

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