‘Polar Bear Plunge’ set to aid needy

Are you willing to take the plunge?

Wright’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Ladysmith will sponsor its annual ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ 11 a.m. Feb. 2 at Lake Land’Or to help the needy.

The event benefits the emergency assistance efforts of Wright’s Chapel and other churches that participate. The churches use the proceeds to fund food pantries and help pay heating bills of those who need assistance.

Participants, who commit to raise money for the benefit event, brace themselves for the cold water and run into the lake for a quick dip. Other activities include a costume contest, prizes awarded for the top fund-raisers, and a dunk tank. There are activities for children, too.

A new activity has been added for this year: a chili cook-off after the plunge. The entry fee for the chili cook-off is $10. Contestants must provide a non-electrical method of keeping their chili warm, such as a propane camp stove. A taste of chili will cost $5.

Wright’s Chapel has been sponsoring the event since 2006. When it began, the primary focus was to raise money to help people in need pay heating bills. Other churches got involved after the inaugural year.

Sixty-five people participated in last year’s ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ and raised just over $20,000. The other participating churches were St. Asaph’s Episcopal Church in Bowling Green, St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Ladysmith, Salem Baptist Church in Sparta, Macedonia Baptist Church in Woodford, and Calvary Baptist Church in Bowling Green.

Participants must register in advance and are asked to reach a goal of raising $500.

Registration forms are available at the church office at 8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen or may be downloaded from the church website at www.wrightschapel.org.

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm