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Polar Bear Plunge raises more than $11,000 for Humane Society of Washington County

January 09, 2013

The 2013 Polar Bear Plunge generated more than $11,000 for the Humane Society of Washington County, officials announced Tuesday.

The event, which is held in cooperation with the Town of Williamsport, attracted 369 people who took a quick dip in the Potomac River on New Year’s Day at the town’s River Bottom Park.

“It seemed compassion was the operative word for the first day of the New Year with so many dedicated polar bears, spectators and supporters raising over $11,000 for the shelter,” Humane Society president Shannon Cianelli said in a news release.

Trophies that were given to the winners of the contests for Best Costume: Tim Yates; Oldest Bear: 72-year-old Roderick “Hack” Woltman; Most Pledges: Sue Wright; and Largest Polar Bear Team: DOT Foods (22 people).

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For more information about animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about the Humane Society’s programs and services, visit www.hswcmd.org.

— Matthew Umstead

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