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Annual Freezin' For a Reason Polar Bear Dip Set for Feb. 1 at Lake Anne Plaza

Annual event raises money for Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The annual Freezin' For a Reason Polar Bear Dip will be at Lake Anne Saturday, Feb. 1. (Photo by Alex McVeigh)
The annual Freezin' For a Reason Polar Bear Dip will be at Lake Anne Saturday, Feb. 1. (Photo by Alex McVeigh)
It’s time for the mid-winter tradition when hundreds of individuals dressed in crazy costumes will converge on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston for the 7th Annual Freezin’ for a Reason Virginia Polar Dip on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.  

The event will kick off at 1 p.m. with family friendly activities and warm-up. The dip scheduled to take place starting at 2 p.m.

Each year the event draws record crowds of both spectators and jumpers raising over $70,000.

Registered participants will take a chilly full dive or a “Chicken Dip” – to raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a national year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The creation of the Virginia Polar Dip was started in 2008 by Northern Virginia based family the Toths after a long history with Camp Sunshine.

They first attended Camp Sunshine as a participating family in 1996 when their daughter Jennifer was a cancer patient at age 3, and they have returned as volunteers every summer since.  

After Jennifer participated in a Camp Sunshine Polar Dip in New Jersey, her family decided to bring the event to Virginia in order to help more local families.  

Since 2008, 682 people have participated in the Virginia Polar Dip raising over $306,000 for the camp.  The camp organizes 11 polar dips on the East Coast each year.

The event will be emceed for the fourth year in a row by 97.1 WASH-FM morning show radio personality Chilli Amar.

Camp Sunshine is nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake and provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness.  

This year’s goal is to raise $100,000, which will allow 50 families from the Mid-Atlantic area (including VA/MD/DC/DE/PA/WV/NC) to come to Camp Sunshine.  
Through pledges or self-sponsorship, each participant will raise/donate a minimum of $100 for the opportunity to plunge into the frigid waters, and will receive a commemorative “I DID IT” event shirt.  Spectators are welcome to come and cheer for the plungers.

Rain or Shine (will be rescheduled if major snow storm is forecast). For more information about the event or to register to participate, visit their website, or their Facebook page.

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