In what may be your last chance to get your shiver on for a good cause this season, the Mad Batters softball team is putting on its 10th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday at the Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Company No. 1.
Benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. between the social hall and the playground at the firehouse, with the plunge itself taking place at 1 p.m., said Rebekah Philyaw, co-captain of the Mad Batters and an organizer for the event.
“They’re going to jump in on one side and come out the other,” she said, referring to the lake.
The fundraiser is part of a friendly competition for a good cause between the softball league’s teams, in which they try to raise the most money to grant wishes.
Philyaw said, although they have other fundraisers, the plunge is the largest.
“We do several other small fundraiser throughout the year that will get us a thousand here or there, but last year we were able to grant at least five wishes, maybe six” with the polar plunge.
Furthermore, she said, the Make-A-Wish Foundation finds people within the community to grant their wishes.
Participants will receive a long-sleeved “Are You Yeti?” T-shirt, featuring a yeti and sponsor names, with registration in advance for $30 or the day of the plunge for $35. Registration for students is $25, with group rates also available, Philyaw said.
Following the plunge, there will be a basket raffle with more than 100 items. A 21-and-over after party featuring the band Sapphire will also take place after the plunge for those wanting to continue to fuel their fun and goodwill. The after party cost is $15 and will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Good Intent Hose Company No. 1 in Llewellyn.
To set up a group rate or for more information about the plunge itself, call 570-516-4405 or 570-292-6225 for the after party.
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