Swimmers in the water

Our third year hosting the Tahoe Keys Polar Bear Plunge was a success, despite the lack of snow and water! The benefit for Christmas Cheer Food Bank brought in ½ of a Christmas Cheer barrel of donated food and $1,127.00 in swimmers’, and indvidual and business cash donations. From 2013, when just 8 brave souls swam for the needy, this year 19 splashed into the cold, cold water for a great cause. The weather was a sunny and balmy 59 degrees; our third year in a row of sunny, beautiful Tahoe weather.

There were so many helping hands in this project aside from the committee: Phil DeAngelo, Pat Disney, Keys Board members and Harry Jones of Community Ink, Inc.. We want to begin thank-yous with the event food donated by Cakes on the Lake on Emerald Bay Rd. and Grand Central Pizza and Pasta at the Kings Center. In addition, Raleys donated all of the bottled water, while TKPOA donated coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

Contests for “splashers” were as follows: First Prize went to the swimmer getting to J.C. Bear, our Mascot, to have him pour a bucket of water on his/her head. Second prize went to the best costume in the group and three Third prizes went to the farthest male swimmer and two (a tie) farthest female swimmers. In this order, here are the prizewinners and prizes: Liesl Keenan won a $50 gift certicate to Scusa’s for first prize; Allie Kimura won two lift tickets to Diamond Peak for second prize; Matt Henry won the male Third prize of a Men’s zip-up hoody sweatshirt from Coldwater Brewery; and Liesl Keenan and Sara Sara Valiferdows tied for the female prize and won a $25 Overland Meat gift certificate and a Women’s zip-up hoody sweatshirt from Coldwater Brewery, respectively.

Click a picture below to browse the photo album from the event.

Many, many thanks go to prize donors, Scusa Italian Ristorante, Community Ink, Inc. (Diamond Peak tickets), Coldwater Brewery and Overland Meats; Ukeleles of Tahoe for providing theme music indoors and out at the beach; Ahern Rentals for outdoor heaters, John’s Cleaners for a sparkling clean Polar Bear costume; the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department for their siren to start the event and their presence for swimmer safety and the Tahoe Daily Tribune, The Mountain News and KTVN, Channel 2 in Reno. All of the latter provided exemplary media coverage for Christmas Cheer Food Bank and the Keys annual event. Finally, we give a big thank-you to the TKPOA Staff members who helped tremendously during the event to set up and point us all in the right direction!

Anyone in the Keys community who might want further information or to be on the committee for the 2016 Polar Bear Plunge can call me at Community Ink, Inc., (530) 582-9012, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As a community, the Tahoe Keys POA should be very proud of the resources that have been provided for needy families, from this event.

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