ST. PATTY’S DAY MARSH MAD­NESS

More than 200 jump into Blue Marsh Lake to raise funds for Berks YMCA pro­grams

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - LOCAL NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

More than 200 plungers and 500 spec­ta­tors gath­ered at Blue Marsh Lake in Bern Town­ship for St. Patty’s Day Marsh Mad­ness. The YMCA of Read­ing and Berks County hosted its 12th An­nual Po­lar Bear Plunge on March 17 to raise funds for the com­mu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in pro­grams.

The YMCA hopes to raise $70,000 for their Chang­ing Lives An­nual Sup­port cam­paign which pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to chil­dren, fam­i­lies and se­niors to al­low them to par­tic­i­pate in YMCA pro­grams. No one is turned away from the Y for the in­abil­ity to pay.

Any­one is wel­come to par­tic­i­pate, plungers range in age from 3 to 85. There were 23 teams signed up to take the plunge with 175 peo­ple pre-reg­is­tered to plunge.

This event is al­ways held on the clos­est Satur­day be­fore St. Pa­trick’s Day. Two years ago, or­ga­niz­ers had to chain saw through 12 inches of ice to get into the wa­ter.

The event in­cludes a cos­tume con­test, YMCA swim team bas­ket raf­fle, DJ, bag­piper and grilled break­fast sand­wiches cooked by YMCA com­mit­tee mem­bers, as well as ap­pear­ances by leg­is­la­tors, in­clud­ing Rep. Mark Rozzi and his Chief of Staff Chad Sch­langer, United Way of Berks County Se­nior VP of Com­mu­nity Im­pact Dr. Yamil Sanchez and Liz Sterner from Com­cast.

JESI YOST - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The 12th An­nual Berks County YMCA Po­lar Bear Plunge was held at Blue Marsh Lake in Bern Town­ship on March 17.

JESI YOST - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

From Shilling­ton, Elite Lead­er­ship Mar­tial Arts Academy stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in the Read­ing and Berks County YMCA’s Po­lar Bear Plunge for the 4th year.

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