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Thanks from the Polar Bear Club

Letter to the editor

Thank you to everyone who supported the Skaneateles Polar Bear Club by attending and participating in the 2012 Polar Bear Plunge. The lack of ice and snow did not deter the energy of the hundreds of plungers and spectators.

The spirit of fun was everywhere, as teams of superheroes, birthday bathers, scouts, beauty queens and others, took to the frigid, windy waters of Skaneateles Lake. Please visit skanpolarbear.com to see pictures of this year’s event.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we raised over $6,600 this year, 100 percent of which will be donated to our causes: The Skaneateles Education Foundation, The Skaneateles Fire Department, and SAVES.

I would like to extend a special thank you to the following for their support: Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club, Boy Scout Troop 61, The Sherwood Inn, Skanraces, Chase Design, Rick Gary, Dr. Karin Kroeger, Jeremy & Philippe Schwimmer, The Village of Skaneateles, David Lee & Company and Mack Studios. Without all of your efforts, this great event would never happen.

Congratulations to Bijou Salon on winning the Polar Bear Trophy, for being the largest fundraising group! Also, a special thank you to the Winterfest team for creating such a great event, filling the Skaneateles streets with life and providing energy and excitement to lighten our midwinter blues.

I would personally like to thank the Polar Bear Organizing Committee for their efforts this year, and all the hard work they’ve contributed to making this a great event. I look forward to continuing this celebration, and having more fun next year.

From its roots, the Polar Bear Plunge has been about having fun in the winter, enjoying our beautiful surroundings and providing financial support for great community causes. I am so honored to be a part of this. Look forward to seeing you all next year!

TODD MARSHALL, FOUNDER

SKANEATELES POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

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