BARC, is one again sponsoring the highly successful “Freezin for a Reason” event on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 with the actual river plunge starting at 1 PM. Note the new start time to give all a chance to get to the location and still have a more relaxed morning after New Year’s Eve celebrations.
It is the purpose of the event to provide financial support to three very worthy groups in our area. As in the past, people can choose who they wish to support with their donation. The Brunswick Food Bank, that serves many families in the area, the BEACON, the Emergency Relief fund that supports families in need, and a new group this year, The Frederick County Special Olympics Program that supports youth and adults with intellectual challenges by providing a healthy and fun-sport program.
All funds donated, after basic expenses, will stay in Brunswick and, or Frederick County to directly help these groups that are always in need of our support. The event grows larger every year with this being a great way to start the New Year helping those in need who are on our minds.
You can get involved in two ways: you can become a pledge gatherer and river plunge, or you can donate to a person who is doing the actual river plunge. Either way you can designate the group you wish to support or split you donation between all three great organizations.
A pledge sheet with all the procedures can be found at barcmd.com, sheets will be placed in many local downtown Brunswick business’, you can contact the director of one of the three benefiting groups (Shirley Shores, Sandy Cox, or Keith Zecher), or you can contact event director Lee Zumbach at 301–834-8045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you decide to collect pledges and do the plunge in the river, you are strongly encouraged to pre-register by mailing in the simple registration form or making a contact listed above by December 15th, 2013. Many plans need to be made in terms of shirts, food, and other needs to work with the anticipated increase involvement this year. All pre-registered participant s will get a plunge t-shirt designed by a local high school artist Melanie Bambrick. Light food and hot drinks will be provided. Gift cards will be given to the top three fundraisers.
The actual plunge is an exciting thing to take part in, as the participant sacrifices their comfort to help those in need, while having a lot of fun in the process. Many come in costume and bring friends and family along to cheer on the icy plunge in the historic Potomac River. The event will take place at the Brunswick Family Campground with a heated changing shelter and rest rooms provided. Thanks to River & Trail outfitters for their support in presenting the event at the campground 1 mile south of Brunswick on the C & O Canal.