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Plunge raises $6,000-plus for shelter

January 15, 2009

The annual Polar Bear Plunge in Williamsport raised more than $6,000 for the Humane Society of Washington County.

About 130 took the plunge at Williamsport's River Bottom Park on New Year's Day, including Paul Miller, the shelter's executive director

"The event continues to grow each year and this year we had our largest attendance to date with 130 registered polar bears, a number of last minute participants and a large group of spectators," Miller said.

"We had a diverse group which included folks in a variety of interesting costumes and an impressive group of 50 Harley-Davidson riders who made this a stop on their New Year's Day ride. Visit our Web site at www.hswcmd.org to see some of the photos."

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The shelter would like to recognize Austin Green for being the top pledge collector and Michael Rishell for collecting the second largest number of pledges.

George Baker received the Oldest Polar Bear trophy donated by K&R Engraving and Jewells and Jewells of Williamsport, and Maddi Renn received the Youngest Polar Bear prize.

Prizes for all award winners were donated by The Alpaca Shop, LLC, BJ's Custom Creations, K&R Engraving, Kuddle Kennels, The Lenox Distribution Group, Regal Cinemas Valley Mall Stadium 16, Simply pAwesome Speciality Dog Treats, The Spirit of the Lotus Tea Company, Toppings Pizza Co. and What a Tan.

As a nonprofit the Humane Society of Washington County is dependent upon the generosity of individuals and organizations in this and surrounding communities in order to continue to provide care for the 5,600 homeless animals we receive at the shelter each year. The HSWC would like to thank Williamsport's Mayor the Honorable James G. McLeaf, II, all the Town Councilmembers, Clerk/Treasurer Mr. Donnie Stotelmyer, and the town of Williamsport for welcoming us each year for this fun and exhilarating event.

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