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Polar Bear Plunge in Hancock set Saturday

February 20, 2004

HANCOCK - The 2004 Polar Bear Plunge has been set for Saturday beginning at noon.

Last winter, 11 "polar bears" took turns jumping into Hancock's Lake Tonoloway in the first Hancock Polar Bear Plunge.

This year, organizers James Wheeler and Zachary Burnett, co-owners of Pinnacle DJs, are hoping for a bigger turnout.

Organizers encourage those interested in taking the plunge to solicit pledges so money can be raised. All proceeds will go to the Interfaith Service Coalition's fund for energy assistance. The goal is $5,000.

Many local families and some elderly people will benefit from the effort, said Debbie Cohill, director of the Interfaith Service Coalition in Hancock.

The Triangle Restaurant will provide food and drinks, with proceeds going to the cause.

The Hancock Rescue Co. will be standing by. A small tent with kerosene and electric heaters will be erected to provide a warm space.

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Plungers are encouraged to show up in costume. Last year, Hancock Mayor Dan Murphy wore shorts, a Hawaiian shirt and a pith helmet.

For more information on the event, call 301-678-7573 or 301-678-7816.

Have you ever dont the Polar Bear Plunge? Share your thoughts in our Polar Bear Plunge forum!

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