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Polar Bear Plunge is Just One Week Away!

The Humane Society of Washington County’s 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Greenbrier State Park is rapidly approaching.  The number of participants and donations continue to grow and excitement is rising for the January 12th event.

The year’s top event sponsors are VerStandig Broadcasting, WDVM, Mountain View Animal Emergency, and Middletown Valley Bank.

“We are incredibly grateful for the community’s continued support for this local winter tradition,” said Teresa Dick, Corporate Partnership and Events Manager.  “We’re thrilled to offer a great way for animal lovers to support HSWC’s mission to save lives, and we even have a few fun additions this year!”

The 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place on Saturday, January 12th at Greenbrier State Park.  Registration and check-in begins at 10:30 a.m., and the plunge is at noon. Costume judging will be held onsite from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.   

Awards will be given for the Most Money Raised, Best Individual Costume, Best Team Costume, and Largest Team of Participants.  Maryland Lottery will be onsite with Holiday Pet Scratch Off tickets, and there will be a Zumba demonstration to get participants warmed up and ready to take the chilly plunge!

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, Miss Maryland Collegiate 2019 Megan Kiley, and Miss Maryland High School 2019 Janelle Armstrong.

Interested participants can pre-register online at until noon on January 11th  for $25, or register at the event for $30. All plungers who register online by noon on January 11th will be entered into a drawing for two concert tickets to see Hootie and the Blowfish at Hersheypark Stadium on August 30th.  

Anyone can support HSWC’s largest fundraiser of the year by “sponsoring” one or more plungers. Plungers may be sponsored at Just search for your favorite “polar bear” and make a donation on their personal fundraising page. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County.