Brrrr! Taking The PolaRotary Plunge For Charity.

PolaRotary-Bear-In-Charge Pat Rains explains about $25,000 was raised last year and hopes the 2013 PolaRotary Plunge will raise additional funds for charities. The event will be staged at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 2. (File Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Lake Arrowhead, CA -  A brave group will endure Lake Arrowhead’s frigid water on February 2 to raise funds for local charities.

The 5th Annual PolaRotary Plunge, at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa at 10 a.m., involves plungers who are ‘polarized’ towards two styles — those who luxuriate in the chilly waters and those who only remain in the water as long as they can ‘bear’ it!

PolaRotary-Bear-In-Chief Pat Rains explains that the annual event raises money for the Lake Arrowhead Rotary Foundation and the plungers favorite charitable organization.

Last year,” Rains stated in a media release, “close to $25,000 was raised. Those who jump can choose to split the money they collect between the Rotary Foundation and another charity of their choice.”

PAST BENEFICIARIES

Rains released a list of some of the past beneficiaries of funds raised through the PolaRotary Plunge, they include Mountains Community Hospital Foundation, Arrowhead Film Festival, RIM Education Foundation, Mountain Sunrise Rotary, Wildhaven and a host of others.

Approximately 60 brave souls took the plunge last February,” Rains noted, “benefiting 14 different charities.”

POLAROTARY PLUNGE RULES

Dr. Rains explained that there are only three rules which apply to all plungers:

1. No wet suits

2. No nudity

3. Complete submersion (no time limit)

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

The 2013 PolaRotary Plunge will be filmed by the Rim High School Film Club, with DVD’s given to all jumpers and copies available for purchase.

The Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa — in addition to allowing the event to be staged on its private beach — allows jumpers to utilize their hot tubs, changing rooms and showers immediately following the completion of the PolaRotary Plunge.

Individuals wearing the best costumes will be eligible for prizes, donated by The Coffee and Tea Exchange and the local branch of Union Bank.

To sign up to be a jumper, or donor, visit POLAROTARY PLUNGE online and click on “Jump In.”

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