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The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) will be holding its 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Greenbrier State Park on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Registration for the event is now open and excitement is rising. 

The year’s top event sponsor is VerStandig Broadcasting, followed by Mountain View Animal Emergency and Middletown Valley Bank, among others. A complete, up-to-date list of sponsors is available on the Polar Bear Plunge registration site. Opportunities are still available.

“We are incredibly grateful for the community’s continued support for this fun event,” said Teresa Dick, Corporate Partnership and Event Manager.  “Participating in the shelter’s Polar Bear Plunge is a winter tradition for many people and this year offers an unusual twist on the traditional plunge!  Due to lake conditions, we won’t know the water level until the day of the event, so will it be a splash or a plunge?  You will just have to wait and see!”

Registration and check-in begins at 10:30, and the plunge is at noon. Costume judging will be held onsite from 10:30 to 11:45 am.

Radio personalities AJ Silver and Krystle from 104.7 WAYZ, and Nasty Bob and McBob from 101.5 Bob Rocks are taking the plunge alongside Miss Maryland 2018 Adrianna David. 

Awards will be given for the Most Money Raised, Best Individual Costume, Best Team Costume, and Largest Team of Participants. 

Interested participants can pre-register online at and create their own personal fundraising page. The registration fee is $25 prior to the event and $30 at the event. The first 100 “polar bears” to register will receive a special gift. Additional incentives will be awarded to plungers reaching various levels of fundraising tiers. Anyone who would like to sponsor a participant can go to, search for their favorite “polar bear” and make a donation on their personal fundraising page.  All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County.   

Participants must be registered by December 26th to be guaranteed a custom Polar Bear Plunge long-sleeved shirt, featuring a brand new logo designed by Katie Lingenfelter of Sign Time Property Management.

Last year’s event grossed more than $36,000 making it the biggest fundraiser of the year for HSWC.