What could inspire dozens of otherwise sane people to willingly run headlong into a frigid, partially ice-covered lake? The answer is simple – the desire to help a shelter which cares for approximately 6,000 homeless pets each year. On Saturday, hundreds of people showed up to the frosty shores of the lake at Greenbrier State Park in Boonsboro, Maryland, to raise money for the Humane Society of Washington County.
The brave souls who ran into the bitterly cold water were taking part in the 14th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. According to the Herald-Mail, this year’s fundraising event had the highest participation to date, despite drizzle and temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. Attire for the chilly endeavor ranged from shorts or swimming suits, to crazy hats, costumes and leggings. Afterwards, word “on the sand,” indicated that the chilled participants were planning to spend the remainder of the day wrapped up in cozy blankets.
Saturday’s polar plunge appears to have been a success; as of Monday, over $33,000 was raised. Kim Intino, the society’s president and chief executive officer, commented on the popularity of an event that logically, shouldn’t be such a community hit (brrr!):
“The Humane Society of Washington County finished 2016 with an over 80 percent live release rate for our animals. We are active in the community. So we just believe that our wonderful donors and supporters are coming out to support us more than ever.”
Find the Humane Society of Washington County on Facebook here.
Fundraiser for Humane Society of Washington County here.
(Photos via Twitter, Facebook and screenshots from Your4State.com)