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South River Leads in Polar Bear Plunge Fundraising; Looks to Raise $70K

The SnoHawks raised more than $50,000 for Special Olympics Maryland in 2013.

South River students take the plunge in 2012.|Photo credit: Patch file
South River students take the plunge in 2012.|Photo credit: Patch file
Looking to get cold for a good cause, the South River SnoHawks are once again leading the way in fundraising for the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge, and are challenging themselves to raise more money this year than ever before.

As part of the Cool Schools Challenge, students from South River High have pledged to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland, and to take a dip in the chilly waters at Sandy Point State Park. Several other local high schools are also participating. 

So far, the SnoHawks are leading the fundraising race for the state with $2,920. Locally, Annapolis high comes in a distant second having raised just over $500. 

Last year, the SnoHawks raised $56,000 for Special Olympics Maryland. This year, they are hoping to raise $70,000. 

Want to help the SnoHawks meet their ambitious fundraising goal? The team is holing multiple fundraisers leading up to the plunge at Sandy Point State Park on Wednesday, March 5. 

Longaberger Basket Bingo
When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m, Jan. 19
Where: American Legion Hall, Mayo
Details: The event will feature 20 games of bingo for baskets from local business and restaurants will be featured, as well as excellent silent auction items like Maryland Basketball tickets. Tickets are $20 in advance (email pbpparents@gmail.com) or $25 at the door. 

Polar Bear Plunge Community Night
When: 5 p.m., Jan. 31
Where: South River High School, South River v. Severna Park basketball game
Details: Kids will be pulled from the stands to participate in games and activities for the chance to win prize. The SnoHawks will be accepting donations at the game.

SnoHawks Burpeethon
When: 10 a.m., Feb. 1
Where: South River High School
Details:  This event feature South River athletes doing "burpees," a fitness move, for one hour. Each athlete is looking for sponsors to support them per burpee or for a set amount. Last year, approximately 200 athletes participated and raised almost $10,000.


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