Frigid fundraiser for Stewart Park Festival
Stewart Park Festival, in Perth, Ontario, was the 2012 recipient of the Perth Legion’s 18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Every year, the Polar Bear Plunge sees Plungers gathering pledges and on January 1st, plunging into the frigid water through a hole cut in the ice of the Tay River. Rescue crews are in the water to assist.
Over 75 plungers of all ages “did the deed” on the first day of 2012 and helped raise over $11,000 for the Festival. Notable jumpers were Stewart Park Festival Chairperson John McKenty, Artistic Director Joel Leblanc, board member and musician James Keelaghan, Festival Director Heather Hansgen, Stage Manager Pete Cochrane, Polar Bear Pete (aka Alfred Von Mirbach) and myself, the festival’s Onsite Coordinator and top fundraiser at this year’s plunge with about $2000 raised.
Stewart Park Festival is one of the few free festivals in this province. It happens in the lovely town of Perth Ontario each year, and the 22nd Annual will be July 20, 21,22 in 2012. Funds generated from the Plunge will help enhance this already well established festival.
Click this link to watch a video of this year’s plunge — including writer Steve Tennant in a feather boa & an umbrella hat!