For the second year in a row, the Albany VFW Post 9893 is hosting the Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Snowden.

Proceeds from this fundraising event, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m., will once again go to the Beacon School PTA and Ohio Charities.

“We are honored to once again be one of the recipients of the proceeds,” said Kevin Davis, Superintendent of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities, which runs Beacon School. “These funds stay in Athens County and have a positive impact on the students we serve. Last year’s turnout was impressive and humbling. We can’t thank the VFW enough for doing it again.”

On the day of last year’s event, the ice was so thick on the lake that volunteer firefighters had to chainsaw out a section to make room for the plungers. Despite all of that, 123 took the plunge. In the end, the event raised $8,000 just for Beacon School. Last year, plungers as young as 10 years old came out to support the cause.

Brian Johnson, Senior Vice Commander of the VFW Post 9893 and lead organizer of the event, said the mission of the VFW is to help the surrounding community, particularly fellow veterans.

“We are excited to do this event again this year,” he said. “We couldn’t think of better causes to fundraise for. We hope to exceed last year’s turnout. If you haven’t been to this event, you really need to experience this. It’s one of the best demonstrations of community collaboration we’ve ever seen.”

More information, including how to register, can be found online by visiting www.athenscbdd.org/polarplunge2020. Registration forms can also be found at any Hocking Valley Branch Bank and at the WSEO 107.7 radio station. Those with questions can call Brian Johnson at (740) 856-9404.

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