January 11, 2016 – (Reston, VA) – The frigid February event that draws fans and participants from across Northern Virginia is gearing up for its largest turnout to date. The 9th Annual Freezin’ for a Reason Virginia Polar Dip is set to take place on Saturday, February 6th in the bone-chilling waters of Lake Anne in Reston. The mid-winter tradition event will kick off at 12:30 PM with music by Danny DJ, family friendly activities, and warm-up – with the Dip scheduled to take place starting at 2:00 PM. Each year the event draws record crowds of both spectators and jumpers raising over $100,000. The event participation has increased over the years with the first year consisting of 33 jumpers to 2015 consisting of 338. This year’s event is estimating approximately 350 individuals to take the dive off Lake Anne’s dock. Registered participants will take a chilly full dive or a “Chicken Dip” – to raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a national year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
The creation of the Virginia Polar Dip was started in 2008 by Northern Virginia based family the Toths after a long history with Camp Sunshine. They first attended Camp Sunshine as a participating family in 1996 when their daughter Jennifer was a cancer patient at age 3, and they have returned as volunteers every summer since. After Jennifer participated in a Camp Sunshine Polar Dip in New Jersey, her family decided to bring the event to Virginia in order to help more local families. Since 2008, 1269 people have participated in the Virginia Polar Dip raising over $519,000 for the camp. The camp organizes 9 polar dips on the East Coast each year. The event will be emceed for the sixth year in a row by 97.1
WASH-FM morning show radio personality Chilli Amar.
Camp Sunshine is nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake and provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness.
This year’s goal is to raise $125,000, which will allow 50 families from the Mid-Atlantic area (including VA/MD/DC/DE/PA/WV/NC) to come to Camp Sunshine. Through pledges or self-sponsorship, each participant will raise/donate a minimum of $100 for the opportunity to plunge into the frigid waters, and will receive a commemorative “I DID IT” event shirt. Spectators are welcome to come and cheer for the plungers.