Canon ball, jackknife, or somersaulting swan dive: How will you take the plunge?
Next Sunday, the public is invited to grab a swimsuit and make a splash at the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge at The Fairways at Twin Lakes.
After a quick icy dip, participants can enjoy homemade chili, live music and compete in the longest drive golf contest, according to David Beck, the event organizer and owner of Twin Lakes.
All proceeds from the event will support the Don Beckett Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded on a yearly basis to one Roosevelt High School graduate with a fervent interest in the medical field.
"We're excited for the opportunity to support the Beckett scholarship and to give the Kent community a fun activity on a cold Sunday afternoon, so come out, have some good food and support a good cause," said Beck.
Beckett – a Kent firefighter who lost a prolonged battle with cancer in 2011 – was "instrumental" in setting up the scholarship a decade ago, said Kent firefighter Brad McDougal.
Tickets are $5 apiece, and the jump runs from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 24.
People of all ages may jump; however, children under the age of 12 should be supervised by a parent, said Beck. Also, anyone with a medical condition that could be complicated by the plunge is asked not to participate in that part of the event.
McDougal said Kent firefighters would be on hand to ensure jumper safety.
For questions or additional information, contact David Beck or Ally Weldon at The Fairways at Twin Lakes at 330-673-7887.