PolaRotary Bear Plunge Offers Year-End Giving
For the first time, potential sponsors of those jumping into Lake Arrowhead’s icy waters as part of the PolaRotary Bear Plunge can make their contributions in advance to qualify as charitable contributions for their 2016 taxes. Instructions for how to contribute are available at:
The ninth annual PolaRotary Bear Plunge will take place at the popular Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa beach at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
Styled after fundraising “walk-a-thons,” volunteers dip into the freezing cold waters of Lake Arrowhead to raise money for the Lake Arrowhead Rotary Foundation AND their favorite charitable organization. Last year, a record $40,200 was raised by 75 intrepid plungers in support of 29 charitable causes.
Under the PolaRotary Bear Plunge rules, the first $1000 that participants or groups raise is split evenly with the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead Foundation, but every dollar thereafter goes entirely to their respective charities.
Seventy five (75) brave souls took the plunge last February, benefiting twenty nine (29) different charities. Jumpers have included State Assemblymen, County Supervisors, several mountain Citizens of the Year, college professors, clergymen, school board members, and a wide range of business and community leaders.
Dr. Hugh Bialecki and Dr. Patrick Rains share the distinction of having jumped every year since the annual event began. Professor Barbara Miller, 84, has been the oldest participant and is planning to take the refreshing dip for the sixth time.
There are only three rules with which jumpers must comply:
1) No wet suits, 2) No nudity, 3) Complete submersion (no time limit).
The event will be filmed by the Rim High Film Club with DVD’s given to all jumpers and copies available for purchase. Jumpers may also have their picture taken with the Plunge mascot: Polaris.
A colorful tradition among PolaRotary Plungers is to wear costumes. Divine Divas, Mafiosos, Kings and Queens, Darth Vader, Elvis, and Marilyn Monroe have been spotted braving the cold waters in the past. A hit last year was Corona Rotary’s Lobster Man.
The Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa is not only providing the venue again this year, but graciously allowing jumpers to use their hot tubs, changing rooms, and showers immediately after their refreshing dip in the lake.