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HSWC Prepares for 17th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) will be holding its 17th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Greenbrier State Park on Saturday, January 11, 2020. 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. A complete, up-to-date list of sponsors is available on the Polar Bear Plunge registration site. If your business would like to be a part of this fun event, opportunities are still available.

“Each year, the community rallies and continues to support this fun event for animals,” said Teresa Dick, Corporate Partnership and Event Manager.  “We have many new plungers joining us along with our loyal returning ‘polar bears’. Being part of this annual tradition is very special because you help save lives. We have some exciting changes this year, and we hope you will come check it out!”

Registration and check-in begins at 10:00, and the plunge is at noon. Costume judging will be held onsite from 10:00 to 11:45 am.

Celebrity plungers include radio personalities, Sugar Ray from 92.1 The Goat and JustHolla Bobs from 101.5 Bob Rocks, and Justin Warner from The Food Network. 

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 the day of the event.  Register by December 25th to receive a custom Polar Bear Plunge long-sleeved shirt. Additional incentives will be awarded to plungers reaching various levels of fundraising tiers. Anyone who would like to sponsor a participant can go to 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.   

Last year’s event grossed more than $29,000 for HSWC.