Erie polar bear plunge

PLUNGE 2018

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 8th 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 — March 10th, 2018 — 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 10th. 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

    $14,485.00 donated of $12,000.00 goal
  2. The Poese Posse

    $11,330.00 donated of $13,755.00 goal
  3. The Lockard Clan (Jenny&Nicole)

    $8,650.00 donated of $5,000.00 goal
  4. Tommy McCumber

    $8,417.00 donated of $8,000.00 goal
  5. Freezing is a Fitch

    $7,085.00 donated of $4,585.00 goal
  6. Cherie Graham

    $5,470.00 donated of $5,000.00 goal
  7. Adam Bonner

    $4,450.00 donated of $5,000.00 goal
  8. Tim Sheetz

    $3,734.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal
  9. Novotny Sisters

    $2,905.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal
  10. Steve Drake

    $2,535.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  11. Jennifer Jamison

    $2,435.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  12. Nora Lamb

    $2,180.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  13. Tim and Lindsay Cole

    $2,176.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal
  14. Ryan Mirto

    $2,119.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  15. Hoover, Hazi, Olin, Tully Team

    $2,020.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  16. Tara (Freeze) McAllister

    $2,000.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  17. Cara Vernal

    $1,890.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  18. Stacey Henry

    $1,661.00 donated of $1,600.00 goal
  19. Mark Gorman

    $1,615.00 donated of $1,500.00 goal
  20. Libby Cole

    $1,560.00 donated of $200.00 goal
  21. Rob Thompson

    $1,545.50 donated of $500.00 goal
  22. Kay Hettler

    $1,485.00 donated
  23. Alexa Scarano

    $1,385.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  24. Justin Mirto

    $1,363.00 donated of $1,000,000.00 goal
  25. Hollie Sheetz

    $1,356.11 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  26. Sturge

    $1,345.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  27. Howdy Friend

    $1,255.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  28. Claire Berlin

    $1,140.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  29. Pratt Pack

    $1,105.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal
  30. Kevin Mirkin

    $1,050.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  31. Katie McDevitt

    $1,010.00 donated of $750.00 goal
  32. Janet

    $1,000.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  33. Buhl Bunch

    $935.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  34. Emily Bauman

    $865.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  35. Bob Zajack

    $850.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  36. Ben White

    $846.00 donated of $10,000.00 goal
  37. James Moelk

    $840.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  38. Brandy, Drake, and Sadra Duda

    $835.00 donated of $1,500.00 goal
  39. Steven Forman

    $830.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  40. Matt Richter

    $830.00 donated of $750.00 goal
  41. Eric

    $777.77 donated of $500.00 goal
  42. Zoe Petievich

    $770.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  43. Hank Swager

    $760.00 donated of $750.00 goal
  44. Lindsay “Z” Ibos

    $755.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  45. Kate Madden

    $750.00 donated of $700.00 goal
  46. Joe Wolnik

    $735.00 donated of $1,310.00 goal
  47. Hannah DeAscentis

    $710.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  48. Marissa Cullen

    $709.01 donated of $655.00 goal
  49. Philip Kilpatrick III

    $700.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  50. Megan Kneifl

    $695.00 donated of $150.00 goal
  51. Monica Petzold

    $655.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  52. Adria

    $560.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  53. Chris Plocica

    $560.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  54. Stephen Park

    $545.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  55. Jimmy Perkins

    $505.00 donated
  56. Andrey Smirnov

    $500.00 donated of $1,000,000.00 goal
  57. Erin Gibbons

    $500.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  58. Jenna Glasscock

    $450.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  59. Tiffany Port

    $424.66 donated of $8,000.00 goal
  60. Robert & Analise

    $420.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  61. John Mohr

    $420.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  62. Clare Crescimanno

    $370.00 donated of $200.00 goal
  63. Justin china

    $340.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
  64. Caleb McCoy

    $330.00 donated of $655.00 goal
  65. Ben Walsh

    $315.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  66. Courtney Blakeman

    $300.00 donated
  67. Claire Coyne

    $300.00 donated
  68. Chris Hughes

    $285.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  69. Jessica Fannin

    $250.00 donated
  70. Samuel Chrin

    $200.00 donated of $200.00 goal
  71. Grace Schuler

    $180.00 donated of $150.00 goal
  72. Crystal Blakeman

    $170.00 donated of $150.00 goal
  73. Gina Checchio

    $160.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  74. Brent Smith

    $126.00 donated of $250.00 goal
  75. Aubry

    $125.00 donated of $100.00 goal
  76. Paul Timmel

    $120.00 donated of $150.00 goal
  77. Ben Gero

    $105.00 donated of $250.00 goal
  78. Nikki’s Plunge Page

    I know I just started working at Camp Fitch, but I figure I'll just dive in!
    $90.00 donated of $650.00 goal
  79. Philip Kilpatrick III

    $0.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  80. Arthur wick

    $0.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal
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