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2020 Polar Bear Plunge
December 5, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Registration is FULL for the in-person event on December 5. There will be no day-of registrations accepted. You can still register to take the plunge virtually at a time and location of your choice:
FOR REGISTERED PLUNGERS: Plunger Help Center
Where and how will you plunge this year?
No matter where you decide to plunge, every dollar you raise supports YOUR YMCA! Whether you are attending our in-person event, having a small gathering of family, friends, or co-workers, or just plunging on your own to support our cause, we want you to have fun, be safe, and know you’re making a difference!
Virtual Plungers: Set up your online fundraising link and choose how and where you want to plunge into COLD water. We encourage that your virtual plunge take place sometime between November 22 and December 5. Raise at least $50 and send a video of your virtual plunge by the end of the day on December 5: [email protected].
In-Person Plungers: Saturday, December 5 at Black Moshannon State Park. REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS FULL. NO DAY-OF REGISTRATIONS WILL BE PERMITTED. To promote safety, adequate social distancing, and compliance with current group size limitations, each plunger can bring only one guest (“towel holder”) and all attendees should wear a mask. Plungers and their guests should follow the schedule noted below.
9:30 AM: Arrival/Check-in for ONLY 10:00 AM Plungers
10:00 AM: Plungers take the plunge!
10:30 AM: 10:00 AM Plungers depart from event.
10:45 AM: Arrival/Check-in for ONLY 11:00 AM Plungers
11:00 AM: Plungers take the plunge!
11:30 AM: Plungers depart from event.
FUNdraising Challenges for Plungers
All plungers should raise a minimum of $50, but we encourage you to raise as much as you can to support your YMCA! Virtual and in-person plungers are eligible for ALL challenges and prize drawings below!
Super Plunge sponsored by Millipore Sigma
The few, kind-hearted, brave risk-takers… Raise a minimum of $300 and take the plunge 3 times. Super Plungers receive a special Super Plunge gift.
Challenge yourself to raise at least $500 to support YOUR YMCA! Frozen 500 plungers will be entered to win a choice of a TV or 2-Hour Guided Fly Fishing Tour.
Be entered for drawing for a gift card.
Receive a Polar Bear Plunge hoodie.
Cool School Challenge
Get your school involved in supporting their YMCA! Designate a brave volunteer or gather a whole team from your school to take the plunge! Raise funds through penny drives, “jeans day”, online fundraising, or other creative ideas. Remember, you have the option to take the plunge VIRTUALLY this year! Be as creative as you like–have kids toss ice-cold balloons at a designated “plunger”, get a dunk tank at your school, endless possibilities. The school district that raises the most money will be presented the Cool School Polar Bear trophy to display until next year’s event. Contact Jamie SanFilippo ([email protected]) to get your school involved.
$5K Chillin’ Challenge
Get your company/business/organization team together and start FUNdraising! Attend as a team the in-person event or do your own virtual plunge and submit the video. Teams that raise a total of $5,000 or more will have a pizza party delivered for their plungers to their place of business. (Donations must be turned in by December 5 to count toward your team’s goal/total.)
Other Awards & Challenges
- Best Costume: If you’re plunging with a team, pick a theme and plan ahead! (Costumes are judged before actually “taking the plunge” so can be removed prior to plunging if preferred.)
- Most creative virtual plunge video (must be submitted by the end of the day on December 5 to be eligible)
- Most money raised by an individual
- Most money raised by a team (team, organization, club, or company)
For More Information: