Erie polar bear plunge

PLUNGE 2017

Polar Bear Because We Care

Join a stalwart band of people who are passionate about the power that a week of summer camp has on kids: to develop their resilience and emotional intelligence, but also to grant them access to a community of love and acceptance.  The 7th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Camp Fitch will be a lot things — crazy, exhilarating, and a ton of fun — but the primary outcome is to pave the road for kids to get a week-long summer camp experience who face many roadblocks that would otherwise stop them from having this crucial growth experience.

The schedule of events on Plunge Day at Camp Fitch is:

  • 9:45 am:    Brunch in the Big Dining Hall
  • 11:00 am:  Games and crafts for kids
  • 12:00 pm:  Rubber Duck Regatta on the banks of Crooked Creek
  • 2:00 pm:    The Plunge on the shores of Lake Erie
  • 2:45 pm:     Post-Plunge Party in the Big Dining Hall
  • 3:30 pm:     Awards Ceremony
  • 6:00 pm:     Euchre Tournament, Camp Fire, Jam Session in the Little Dining Hall

We welcome plungers of all ages: our youngest plunger is 7, and we’ve had plungers over 70 fundraise and Take a Dunk to Fill a Bunk. The metaphor is apt: jumping into frigid water takes a lot of courage and faith — just like coming to summer camp where you don’t know anyone. Just as plungers report the event as being exhilarating, and even cleansing, the kids who receive the gift of camp also describe their experience similarly: the deep thrill of making a close friendship, the satisfaction of overcoming fears and seeing themselves as stronger, more capable.

If campaigning and plunging aren’t in your plans this year, please consider backing a plunger and coming to the event on the afternoon of March 25th. Hundreds of supporters turn out to have great meal, a rubber duck regatta in Crooked Creek with fabulous prizes, and enjoy the last of winter’s grip.

It’s all for the kids: our goal at Fitch is to get 372 kids here who, without our donors, would never get the experience or the growth. We’d love for you to join us in this initiative.

Donate to a Plunger!

  1. Tom & Marina Parker

    $8,735.00 donated of $7,000.00 goal
  2. Jenny and Nicole Lockard

    $8,550.00 donated of $5,000.00 goal
  3. Tommy McCumber

    $8,100.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  4. Seth Graham

    $7,770.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  5. Adam Bonner

    $3,082.00 donated of $4,515.00 goal
  6. Team Downie

    $2,801.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal
  7. Tim Sheetz

    $2,550.00 donated of $2,500.00 goal
  8. Candace Mirto

    $2,178.00 donated of $1,800.00 goal
  9. Steve

    $2,175.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal
  10. Team Pratt-Sheppard-Herzog

    $2,155.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  11. Joe amerson

    $2,125.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  12. Stacey

    $2,095.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  13. Zac and Noah Sniderman

    $2,050.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  14. Kelly Poese

    $2,005.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  15. Dennis and Sarah Gilligan/Friend

    $1,855.00 donated
  16. Beth Rush

    $1,325.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  17. Scott Friend

    $1,295.00 donated
  18. Maggie Tully

    $1,195.50 donated of $372.00 goal
  19. Kay Hettler

    $1,050.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  20. Sturge

    $1,050.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  21. Zoe Petievich

    $1,015.00 donated
  22. Jennifer Jamison

    $1,000.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  23. Bob Zajack

    $980.00 donated
  24. Mark Gorman

    $925.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  25. Jon Pintea

    $925.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  26. Howdy Friend

    $835.00 donated of $750.00 goal
  27. Alison Friend Thibaut

    $775.00 donated of $750.00 goal
  28. Tara (tfreeze) McAllister

    $765.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  29. Hannah DeAscentis

    $750.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  30. Tim Cole

    $725.75 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  31. Hayden Done

    $715.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  32. Chris Plocica

    $700.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  33. Marc Friend

    $695.00 donated
  34. Sammi Broad

    $655.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  35. Kevin Mirkin

    $650.00 donated of $650.00 goal
  36. Ken & Sue Barton

    $650.00 donated
  37. Caleb

    $650.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  38. Alexa Scarano

    $645.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  39. Maddy Poese

    $640.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  40. Susannah Poese

    $585.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  41. Lindsay Cole

    $571.00 donated of $400.00 goal
  42. Katie McDevitt

    $500.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  43. Elisa Portillo

    $500.00 donated of $425.00 goal
  44. Kate Madden

    $500.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  45. Keith Koehler

    $455.00 donated
  46. Jenna Glasscock

    $450.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  47. curtis mackall

    $410.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  48. Lindsay Ibos

    $400.00 donated of $400.00 goal
  49. Chuck Buhl

    $400.00 donated of $400.00 goal
  50. Rob Thompson

    $390.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  51. Jacob Sevek

    $375.00 donated of $10,000.00 goal
  52. Stephen Park

    $310.00 donated of $645.00 goal
  53. Noah J Krassenstein

    $300.00 donated of $200.00 goal
  54. Abby & Nathan Hazi

    $300.00 donated
  55. mandy hoover

    $300.00 donated
  56. Anna Buhl

    $275.00 donated of $200.00 goal
  57. Megan Kneifl

    $270.00 donated of $250.00 goal
  58. Justin China

    $270.00 donated of $600.00 goal
  59. Marissa

    $255.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  60. Steven Forman

    $250.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  61. Justin mirto

    $250.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  62. Samantha Jamison

    $250.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  63. Jon

    $250.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  64. Hank Swager

    $250.00 donated of $250.00 goal
  65. Sonya Shapiro

    $245.00 donated of $300.00 goal
  66. Molly Ann Buhl

    $215.00 donated of $200.00 goal
  67. Lanny Kate Kilpatrick

    $200.00 donated of $300.00 goal
  68. Adria Hughes

    $155.00 donated of $300.00 goal
  69. Hayden Neidhardt

    $150.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  70. Keegan kilpatrick

    $150.00 donated of $300.00 goal
  71. Matt

    $150.00 donated of $200.00 goal
  72. Samuel Chrin

    $130.00 donated
  73. matt richter

    $130.00 donated of $275.00 goal
  74. Matt Michaels

    $130.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  75. James Moelk

    $125.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  76. Claire Coyne

    $100.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  77. Christine Neidhardt

    $100.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  78. Jayden Scheller

    $100.00 donated
  79. Barb Olin

    $100.00 donated
  80. Jay Humphrey

    $100.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  81. Greg Donahue

    $100.00 donated
  82. Ben White

    $100.00 donated
  83. Paige Nied

    $90.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  84. Brad

    $76.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  85. David Sheetz

    $50.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  86. Matthew Underhill

    $0.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  87. Cheryl (Corky) Pike

    $0.00 donated
  88. Kalece Murphy

    $0.00 donated of $200.00 goal
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