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18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge:
Now Virtual!

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Take the Plunge!

Due to rising COVID-19 cases and Greenbrier Park’s new restrictions on events, the Humane Society of Washington County’s 18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will now be 100% virtual. Participants will now plunge separately – but united – for animals in need!


Join us on Saturday, January 9, 2021 for our Virtual Polar Bear Plunge! Become a member of this time honored club by taking the plunge from the comfort of your own home to save animals at HSWC. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County!

We need you to help save lives! You can register to plunge individually, start or join a team, set a goal, and begin raising money in support of the animals.


Virtual plunger registration is $25.00,and everyone who registers by January 9th will receive an official Polar Bear Plunge long-sleeved t-shirt. 

Join us virtually on January 9th by taking the plunge in your pool, a creek, or even your bathtub! Then post a photo or video of yourself taking the plunge, tag HSWC, and use the hashtag #PlungingForPaws. A few HSWC staff members will be taking the plunge on Facebook Live at noon sharp, so tune in to watch us brave the cold!


And that’s not all! This is your chance to get creative, because one lucky virtual plunger will win Most Creative Virtual Plunge and be awarded a special prize! Virtual plungers will also still be eligible to win our Best Costume and Most Money Raised prizes. Post your virtual plunge video on Facebook, tag HSWC, and use the hashtag #PlungingForPaws (or if you don’t have Facebook, email a photo of your plunge to by 3pm on Saturday, January 9th, and you’ll be entered to win all three prizes. Winners will be announced at 5pm on January 9th!

Not plunging but want to help? You can also make a donation toward your favorite Polar Bear by searching for them on our fundraising site.


All of our participants are encouraged to fundraise for our animals and there will be prizes for participants who reach the following goals. Each Polar Bear who reaches the following levels will receive a small token of thanks!

$100 Fundraising Level OR 4 Participants Recruited - HSWC Logo Face Mask

$250 Fundraising Level OR 10 Participants Recruited - Polar Bear Plunge Logo Travel Mug

Don't miss your chance to get an exclusive 2021 Polar Bear Plunge beanie! Each cozy knit cuffed beanie is navy with white embroidery. By purchasing a Polar Bear Plunge beanie for $20, you're helping HSWC in our mission to provide care and find loving homes for the thousands of animals that come to HSWC each year.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for Polar Bear 2021!


Tundra Sponsors: 104.7 WAYZ, 101.5 BOB ROCKS, 92.1 The Goat, 100.9 The Line, and AFLAC: Fran Shaffer


Deep Freeze Sponsor: The Granite Guys, WDVM, and R. Bruce Carson Jewelers


Ice Cap Sponsors: Mike's Tavern, Middletown Valley Bank, Cronise Corporation, SEK CPAs and Advisors, Design Method Group, and Turnbull Brockmeyer Law Group

Tip of the Iceberg Sponsors: Semper Anticus Photography, NorthPaws Animal Hospital, High Performance Cabling Corporation, Spherion Staffing, Apple Valley Waste, and Hagerstown Ford


In-Kind Sponsors: Charlie & Sam's Bakeshop and Cafe, Stone Werks Coffee & Sweets, Charles Mayes Septic Services Porta Pot, Boonsboro Ambulance & Rescue Service, Inc., Rentals Unlimited, Starbucks

Have questions or need help? Just let us know!

Anna Somers

301-733-2060 ext. 242

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