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Polar Plunge at Camp CaPella on Sunday
Polar Plunge at Camp CaPella on Sunday

Polar Plunge this Sunday, February 6 beginning at 1 p.m. on Phillips Lake in Dedham, home of Camp CaPella.  Volunteers – will plunge through a hole in the ice into freezing water before jumping out and moving to a nearby hot tub.  Divers, staff and spectators may be interviewed and scenes recorded or photographed.

All contributions from visitors, plungers and sponsors will be donated either to Camp Sunshine (for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families) or Camp CaPella (for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities).

Reporters and news crews may park at the Lucerne Inn next door to Camp CaPella or at Dedham School and ride shuttles to and from Camp CaPella.  Or reporters and news crews may park on the access road to Camp CaPella or at the camp (your exception to the rule).

“It’s a crazy day to jump into water as cold as ice, but it’s really fun to watch, and all the proceeds go to our two great collaborating camps,” comments Joe Dowling – a volunteer at Camp Sunshine, member of the fundraising committee at Camp CaPella and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hamden that sponsors the event – who will be plunging into the ice water himself.

Pledges for the Polar Plunge can be made online at the Camp Sunshine website, http://www.freezinforareason.com/ (or call 659-0437), and pledge forms may be filled out at the Camp CaPella website, http://www.campcapella.org/.  Plungers will also have the choice to make pledges for Camp CaPella or Camp Sunshine.

Located on Phillips Lake in Dedham, or Lucerne-in-Maine (12 miles from Bangor, 13 miles from Ellsworth), Camp CaPella (http://www.campcapella.org/) provides quality-of-life experiences for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities, one of only two camps in Maine serving the disabled.

Founded in 1984 and nestled on 23 acres alongside Sebago Lake, Camp Sunshine (http://www.campsunshine.org/) remains the only program in the nation whose mission is to provide respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness. Year-round week-long camp sessions are free of charge to 1,200 families each year, including 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support, with programs recommended by more than 100 treatment centers nationwide. Since its inception Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for more than 28,000 family members from 47 states and 17 countries.