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Clerc Center Staffers Survive Polar Bear Plunge for Charity

Image: Steven Doleac

Image: Steven Doleac in water

Image: Polar Bear Plunge 2010

Each year for the past 14 years, brave souls have headed to the Chesapeake Bay to take a plunge into the icy winter waters to raise money for the Maryland Special Olympics. Two Clerc Center staffers, Steven Doleac, recreation specialist, and Philip Kyre, weekend coordinator for MSSD, braved the icy waters and snow-laden skies on Saturday, January 30, to participate in the 14th Annual MSP (Maryland State Police) Polar Bear Plunge.

"The Polar Bear Plunge is not for the faint-hearted, but anyone can sponsor a plunger," said Doleac. "I will plunge again next year to raise money for the Special Olympics. Why not add it to your ‘Bucket List' of things to try in life? Please put your fear and anxiety aside, and do something for this great cause."

Doleac and Kyre were among some 8,000 cold weather plungers raising money for the Maryland Special Olympics at Sandy Point Park, located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge. Participants turned out in a myriad of swimming attire and costumes, some coming solo and some in groups, to offer each other mutual courage.

The Clerc Center team raised $760 from friends, family, and MSSD students. The entire group of plungers raised an estimated 3 million dollars-the biggest fundraiser in the history of the event.

We offer hearty congratulations to our Clerc Center polar representatives!

To read more about this year's event, check out the MSP website.