Polar dip to benefit Camp Sunshine is Jan. 25.
Freezin' for a Reason event to raise money for Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind retreat in Maine for children with life-threatening diseases and their families
PRINCETON -- The fifth annual Wachusett Mountain Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine is set for Jan. 25 at the base lodge of the Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort.
Participants will plunge into a special outdoor Polar Pool filled with ice-cold water to raise money to help send more families from Massachusetts to Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind national retreat in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Every polar dip participant is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges.
The Wachusett Mountain Polar Dip is again partnering with CrowdRise, an online fundraising platform, to make it easier for the community to get involved. To start raising funds, form or join a team, and donate online, visit www.crowdrise.com/wachusettpolardip2014. For more information, call (207) 655-3800.
Organizers have set a goal to raise $35,000 Co enough to send more than 15 families from Massachusetts to Camp Sunshine (www.campsunshine.org). Plungers are encouraged to create a plunge team of four or more people, consisting of co-workers and classmates and from civic groups or places of worship.
Each participant who raises at least $100 in pledges for Camp Sunshine will receive an "I DID IT!'' T-shirt. Wachusett Mountain is located off Route 140 in north central Massachusetts at 499 Mountain Road in Princeton. Registration begins at noon, with the plunge set for 1 p.m.
"The Polar Pool is filled from the same water source used for Wachusett snowmaking, so it's going to be one of the coldest plunges anywhere,'' said Michael Smith, Camp Sunshine's Director of Special Events. "But the reality of this event is that the discomfort our plungers feel for just a moment will never compare to what our families go through during the course of their child's illness. It's for the families and children that we plunge -- we call it Freezin' for a Reason.''