Meals On Wheels will hold its third annual Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser at the Asheville Racquet Club on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Despite a forecast of temperatures in the low 30s, more than 20 volunteers will brave the icy waters of the club’s outdoor pool to help raise money to feed Buncombe County’s homebound seniors.
This year’s list of local celebrities planning to take the plunge includes Buncombe County Commission Chair David Gantt, Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan and News Director of Clear Channel Asheville Jerri Jameson. Each polar bear is raising money by collecting sponsorships – to contribute or to sign up to take the plunge, click here. The goal is to raise $20,000, with 100 percent of proceeds going to help Meals On Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County. The public is invited to come and cheer on the jumpers. A hot chili lunch will be served in the ARC clubhouse afterwards at a cost of $7 per person.
Meals On Wheels currently serves nearly 500 homebound seniors a hot, nutritious lunch five days a week. In addition to weekday meal delivery, Meals On Wheels offers a Pet Food Program, Ensure Program, Volunteer Connections and several other services designed to allow seniors to remain in their own homes and age with dignity.