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February 6, 2016 12:00pm–4:00pm

Annual Freezin’ for a Reason (Virginia Polar Dip)

Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront

1609 Washington Plaza

Reston, Virginia 20190

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. This year’s goal is to raise $125,000, which will allow 50 families from the Mid-Atlantic area to come to Camp Sunshine.
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. In addition to the dip, Lake Anne Merchants will be hosting a variety of activities and promotions in their stores. Check www.freezinforareason.com for specific information.


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