All across the United States Polar Bear Clubs are bracing for their annual icy dip. The Polar Bear Club, for those who don’t know, is an organization with clubs throughout the world who every year, usually between Christmas and New Year’s Day, hit the frozen beaches and lakes and happily plunge themselves into freezing waters.
Do they do this because they are crazy? Yes. But their craziness is in the name of charity. Most Polar Bears pay annual dues to belong to the club. The Annual Plunges are organized to raise money for charity but die hard Polar Bears meet regularly and some will frolic in frigid waters as often as once a week between November and April, so yes, they are definitely crazy.
Annual Polar Bear Plunges that are organized for charity are publicized locally through various news outlets and blogs. They are open for all spectators to watch in shock and awe. In return, spectators give a donation to charity with whom the Polar Bears have partnered. As if just stepping onto the beach in a swimsuit in January isn’t attention getting enough, many Polar Bears dress in costumes. Some don Santa hats, some come in more elaborate costumes. The point is to draw attention to their cause and have a good time. Its all good fun, entertaining and worthy of a donation.
Look for a Polar Bear Plunge near you. Watch these frozen nuts (no pun intended) while you enjoy a hot cocoa on the beach and be sure to reach deep into your pockets. It gives new meaning to the phrase, “I’d pay to see that.”