Prepare to take the Polar Bear Plunge: Fundraiser set for Saturday, Feb. 16

Photo by Max Cooper of the 2012 plunge event.

The fifth annual Polar Bear Plunge is set for Feb. 16 at the Asheville Racquet Club. Funds from the event benefit Meals On Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County, a nonprofit dedicated to helping local seniors.

Here’s the press with more information:

Asheville, NC – The Asheville Racquet Club (ARC) will host the 5th Annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Meals On Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Located off Hendersonville Rd. at 200 Racquet Club Road in South Asheville, the ARC will open their outdoor swimming pool, complete with diving board, for this year’s plunge.

The 2013 Polar Bear Plunge is a family-friendly event with an expected attendance of 125-150 people cheering on their favorite polar bear dressed in outrageous costumes as they execute less-than-olympic style dives, belly flops and cannonballs from the diving board.  The annual fundraiser, now in its fifth year, was originally the brainchild of Barbie Hunter, ARC staff member who wanted to host an event to benefit seniors here in Buncombe County.  “We started in 2009 with just a handful of staff and club members who were willing to raise money and take the plunge.  It’s so much fun and each year it just keeps getting bigger and better!”  To date, the Polar Bear Plunge has raised over $50,000 to benefit Meals On Wheels.

Each polar bear does online fundraising by setting up a webpage and collecting sponsorships contributed by friends, family and coworkers as they vie for the title of “Top Polar Bear”.  The Polar Bear Plunge is open to anyone (age 13-16 only with parental consent) willing to raise at least $150 (the cost of 1-month’s worth of meals for the elderly) and brave the icy water of the club’s outdoor swimming pool.  A post-jump hot chili lunch will be served in the ARC clubhouse at a cost of $5.00 per person.  The public is invited to attend. 

For more information, please contact the Asheville Racquet & Fitness Club at (828) 274-3361 or Meals On Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County at (828)253-5286.  You can sponsor your favorite jumper by visiting and follow the links to their Polar Bear page.

Meals On Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County currently serves nearly 500 homebound seniors a hot nutritious lunch 5 days a week.  In addition to weekday meal delivery, Meals On Wheels offers a variety of helpful programs and services designed to allow seniors to remain in their own homes, among familiar surroundings and age with dignity.  For more information, please contact Terri Bowman, Development Director at (828) 253-5286.



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