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Polar Plunge Set to Make a Splash in Kent

Proceeds from The Fairways at Twin Lakes Polar Bear Plunge will benefit the Don Beckett Memorial Scholarship fund.

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. 

Heidi Beckett February 17, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Thanks David Beck for supporting Don's Scholarship! We are looking forward to coming out to watch and support the festivities! See you on the 24th! The Beckett Family
Mrs. Mary Alice Fasline February 18, 2013 at 07:18 PM
What sort of parent would allow their child under 12 to participate in something like this? Good heavens!
JustSaying February 19, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Wow, Derp Spotter. That's a little harsh... Possibly further information instead of insults would help Mrs Fasline feel better about this experience for those under 12.
Amanda Harnocz February 19, 2013 at 04:20 PM
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The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 19, 2013 at 06:29 PM
What type of parent would prevent their children from experiencing harmless fun while supervised by firefighters and other adults? A lot better than finding out your children were out and about by the river and decided to make dares (as kids do) and find themselves freezing to death in the river without anyone nearby to help. Polar bear plunges are fun. Not for me anymore but boy oh boy, I have some crazy, cold memories from the few years I participated. Coney Island was the best!! Cold salt water! Burrrr!!! Have fun everyone!

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