Icy plunge

An­nual po­lar plunge to ben­e­fit Make- A- Wish

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570- 628- 6002

T his week­end, some dar­ing folks will be “freezin’ for a rea­son”— all to ben­e­fit kids.

The eighth an­nual Po­lar Plunge, hosted by the Mad Bat­ters Soft­ball Team, part of the Moms for Make- A- Wish soft­ball league, will be held at 1 p. m. Satur­day at Deer Lake& West Brunswick Fire Com­pany No. 1, 1 Ash Road, Deer Lake. The de­gree- drop­ping dip will be fol­lowed by an af­ter- party at 6 p. m. at Good­fel­las, Pottsville, with mu­sic by Sap­phire start­ing at 7.

“All pro­ceeds go di­rectly to Make- AWish. Ev­ery $ 4,400 raised grants awish, andwe try to keep them all lo­cal in our com­mu­nity,” said Becky Philyaw, co­cap­tain for the Mad Bat­ters. “You’re go­ing to get out there, have a good time, get in the wa­ter and freeze your tail off, but it’s for a good cause.”

And a good cause is al­ways a uni­fy­ing force.

“It’s morale- build­ing, it’s com­mu­ni­ty­build­ing, and it brings a lot of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks to­gether for a com­mon rea­son: to raise money for the kids,” Philyaw said, adding praise to all the com­mu­nity spon­sors who get be­hind the event to re­ally make it hap­pen.

Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 11 a. m., “and you can also come in and check out the bas­ket raf­fles aswell,” Philyaw said about the 50/ 50 raf­fle and bas­ket of cheer raf­fle, which is for adults only. “It’s loaded with al­co­hol and lot­tery tick­ets.

“At the po­lar plunge it­self, we have close to a hun­dred items to be raf­fled off, and that doesn’t in­clude our large items. We have some larger gift items like jew­elry, a piece of hand­made fur­ni­ture, a cou­ple jars of 4Play Moon­shine, all that good stuff.”

The cost to sign up is $ 35 the day of the event, $ 30 for ad­vance reg­is­trants and $ 25 for stu­dents. There are also spe­cial rates avail­able for groups of five or more. Long sleeve T- shirts are in­cluded with signups and de­pict a po­lar bear, and on the back, the event’s spon­sors. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able at The Cake Pros, as are bas­ket of cheer tick­ets, which are $ 2, aswell as tick­ets for the af­ter- party at Good­fel­las, at $ 15 a pop. Ad­vance tick­ets for plungers are also avail­able by calling Philyaw at 570516- 4405, Jamie at 570- 292- 6225 or Jackie at 570- 527- 6759.

As you might have ex­pected froma main spon­sor, there will be lots of desserts from The Cake Pros, in ad­di­tion to fare such as cheese­burg­ers, hot dogs, lots of home­made soups and chow­ders, piero­gies, cof­fee and hot choco­late.

De­spite ever- chang­ing weather re­ports, jumpers should pre­pare for the spine- chill­ing H2O.

“That wa­ter is freez­ing cold,” Philyaw said. “I’ve done it ev­ery year for six years, and I am­not look­ing for­ward to it now any more than I was then.”

And this year, she said she’s plan­ning, in honor of the Win­ter Olympics, to go as one of its rings.

“We al­ways have su­per­heroes. We al­ways have speedos. We just ask that it’s rated G for chil­dren.”

Up next for Moms for Make- A- Wish is an Adult Easter Egg Hunt from6 to 11 p. m. March 10 at Swatara Archers, 100 Archery Lane, Pine Grove. The cost to en­ter is $ 25; par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to bring a flash­light. For­more in­for­ma­tion, call Ash­ley at 570- 640- 6264.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Par­tic­i­pants at last year’s po­lar plunge get geared up be­fore jump­ing into the wa­ter. This year’s plunge will be held 1 p. m. Satur­day at Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Com­pany, Deer Lake.

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