Patterson swimmers brave chilly water for local causes
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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Entry contestants sign up for the early festivities Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on Jan. 25.
Entry contestants sign up for the early festivities Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on Jan. 25.
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Swimmers ready themselves for the 48 degree plunge at the Patterson Aquatic Center.
Swimmers ready themselves for the 48 degree plunge at the Patterson Aquatic Center.
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Those that took the plunge scramble to get out of the water Saturday morning. ---- Photos courtesy of Alejandra Muñoz
Those that took the plunge scramble to get out of the water Saturday morning. ---- Photos courtesy of Alejandra Muñoz
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Polar Bear Plunge participants hit the chilly water as best they could Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Patterson Aquatic Center pool.

When it comes to having a good time in support of a great cause, temperature apparently doesn't matter.

More than a dozen brave swimmers donned bathing suits on Saturday morning to take part in the Polar plunge to support youth activities and swimming scholarships at the community pool.

It is the third year for the plunge, but Jeremy Ray, a Patterson Parks and Recreation coordinator, said they hope to make it an annual event to raise money for a youth scholarship fund and for the Patterson High School swim team.

In the spirit of raising money for local children and teens, the plungers quickly took off their clothes and briefly lined up at pool edge before leaping into -- and in some cases, promptly out of -- the 48-degree water.

The swimmers -- ranging in age from children to adults -- each made a donation of $25 and were able to raise about $2,000, more than double the amount of last year's event. Several people chose to donate but remain dry, Ray added.

Some went in knee-deep, while others dove in and swam around.

A handful of participants went back for a second plunge into the brisk waters of the local natatorium, Ray said.

Because the fundraising effort helped to provide assistance for those within the community, many "polar bears" said they did not mind the cold, he added.

Ray said the department was also thankful for the support of sponsors such as Apricot Veterinary Clinic, Best Friends Pet Resort, Delmar Farms, Frontier Communications, Patterson Family Pharmacy, Patterson Rotary Club, Pizza Plus and Mountain Mike's Pizza.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.
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