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Annual Polar Bear Plunge to Benefit Meals on Wheels

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The Asheville Racquet Club (ARC) will be host to the 8th Annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Located off Hendersonville Rd. at 200 Racquet Club Road in South Asheville, the ARC will open their outdoor swimming pool, complete with diving board, for this year’s plunge.

The annual Polar Bear Plunge is a family-friendly event with an expected attendance of 100-150 people cheering on around 30 polar bears dressed in outrageous costumes as they execute less-than-Olympic style dives, belly flops and cannonballs from the diving board. Past costumes have included superheroes such as batman, cat woman and wonder woman; flying grapes and a diving banana; a bumble bee and penguins; the tooth fairy, and so much more!

The annual fundraiser, Asheville’s original Polar Plunge, was originally the brainchild of Barbie Hunter, ARC staff member who wanted to host an event to benefit seniors here in Buncombe County. “We started in 2009 with just a handful of staff and club members who were willing to raise money and take the plunge. It’s so much fun and each year it just keeps getting bigger and better!” To date, the Polar Bear Plunge has raised nearly $100,000 to benefit Meals on Wheels.

Each polar bear does online fundraising by setting up a webpage and collecting sponsorships contributed by friends, family and coworkers as they vie for the title of “Top Polar Bear”. The Polar Bear Plunge is open to anyone ages 16 and up willing to raise at least $300 (the cost of 2-months’ worth of meals for a homebound senior) and brave the icy water of the club’s outdoor swimming pool.

For more information, please contact the Asheville Racquet & Fitness Club at (828) 274-3361 or Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County at (828) 253-5286. Set up your plunge or contribute to your favorite jumper by visiting:

Meals on Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County currently serves nearly 500 homebound seniors a hot nutritious lunch 5 days a week. In addition to weekday meal delivery, Meals on Wheels offers a variety of helpful programs and services designed to allow seniors to remain in their own homes, among familiar surroundings and age with dignity.

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