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Polar Bear Plunge brings in more than $40,000

by on December 06, 2012 2:19 PM

HOWARD — Some 170 people ventured into very chilly water on Dec. 1 for the YMCA of Centre County’s annual Polar Bear Plunge.

Held at Bald Eagle State Park, this year’s event featured about 16 more plungers than in years past, said Liz Toukonen, Bellefonte branch executive director.

“It was a great day,” she said, noting that the water this year was slightly colder than in previous years.

This year’s plunge brought into $43,458. Money raised goes towards the YMCA’s OPEN DOORS program, Toukonen said, which allows individuals and families to obtain a membership at a reduced rate based on household income.

In its 10th year, this year’s plunge attracted more than 100 spectators, Toukonen said, adding that people enjoy the event and come back year after year.

“It just continues to grow and be a great event for the community,” she said. “It’s just a fun way to make money for the community and the YMCA.”

According to Toukonen, the most money raised by an individual was Kristy Severino; the most money raised by a company was Restek; the “bartender challenge” winner was Karen Murray; and the best costume was awarded to Women’s Adventure Club .

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Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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