The 2017 Patterson Harbor Polar Plunge will be held on March 18th, 2017 at 3:00 PM.
The Patterson Harbor Polar Plunge was created out of our desire to give back to the community that has given so much to us over the years. As we began to form this wonderful event in late 2011, our intent was to raise funds while we do what we do best at Patterson Harbor and the Beach Bar—have fun and make memories.
The Polar Plunge is a great fundraiser with the proceeds going toward great organizations within our community. Initially, our intent was to pick one local project each year, but due to difficulties in assuring the funds would be used in the year they were raised, our fundraising focus changed. In 2013, we partnered with Alma Schools with the proceeds befitting their newly formed TeamMates Mentoring program and our newly formed Polar Plunge Post Secondary Scholarship Program. After a successful 2013 Polar Plunge, we expanded our fundraising efforts to allow Polar Plunge participants to raise money to benefit their local TeamMates Mentoring Program and our annual post secondary scholarship program by recruiting pledges to support their individual or team Polar Plunge. The success of the 2014 Polar Plunge allowed us to support four local TeamMates Mentoring Programs (Alma, Franklin, Holdrege and Minden) and provide three $750.00 post secondary education scholarships to local students.
Last year’s Polar Plunge was our most successful yet, having over 60 participants who took the plunge individually or as a team and hundreds of spectators who supported each and every plunger as they enjoyed the adrenaline rush the cold waters of Halran County Lake each plunger experiences in the name of charity. The commitment of our plungers, sponsors and supporters last year helped us raise over $16,000.00. $10,000 of the over $16,000.00 raised was divided among TeamMates programs in Alma, Franklin, Grand Island, Minden, Holdrege, Kearney and Wilcox-Hildreth. The remaining funds were awarded in the form of the Leon Harder Memorial Scholarship for post secondary education, with seven (7) local students receiving $6,000.00 in scholarships to advance their education. This year, it’s our goal to further expand our Polar Plunge fundraising efforts by increasing our reach through new plungers supporting their own local TeamMates Mentoring Program.
We thank everyone for their willingness to take the Plunge each year for a great cause! You may check out the 2016 Patterson Harbor Polar Plunge photos below and videos above detailing the fun had by all.
Contributions may be mailed ahead of time or brought with you and submitted at registration the day of the event. Each sponsor contribution of $100 submitted by March 4th will receive recognition on our 2017 Polar Plunge t-shirt. Each participant that registers by March 4, 2017 and commits to raising $50 for their plunge participation will receive a t-shirt the day of the event. All sponsorship or donation checks should be made out to our non-profit account HCCF – Polar Plunge and mailed to:
Patterson Harbor Polar Plunge
PO Box 110
Alma, NE 68920
Please denote the Polar Plunge participant in the memo section of your check if you are mailing a contribution directly to the Patterson Harbor Polar Plunge PO Box listed above. We welcome general contributions which will be distributed proportionately to the Leon Harder Memorial Scholarship and the various TeamMates Mentoring Programs we benefit. Feel free to email us at email@example.com and one of our staff representatives will be in touch to answer any questions you may regarding this year’s Polar Plunge.