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The Rotary Polar Bear Plunge was a record setting success this year.

75 JUMPERS braved cold Lake Arrowhead waters for Rotary and for their chosen charity.  A RECORD

29 CAUSES benefited from the JUMP. A RECORD

Approximately $35,000 was raised, benefiting both Rotary and the 29 charities/non-profits. ALSO A RECORD

Of the $35,000 raised, $12,600 went to the Lake Arrowhead Rotary Foundation, benefiting our local community, and $22,500 went to other worthy causes.

Thanks goes to the Jumpers and their supporters who made this a Record Setting Rotary Polar Bear Plunge Year and thanks to ALA, The Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, The Cold Water Rescue Team and the Rim High Audio Visual Club and it’s sponsor, Joe Urbz.  Without their help, this wouldn’t have happened.

84 year old Dr. Barbara Miller, a professor at Pasadena Community College, who will be jumping for the 6th time in the 2017 event.

There are only three rules with which the jumpers must comply:


Event chair Dr. Patrick Rains hopes to smash all records this year and encourages all leaders involved with nonprofit organizations to consider the PolaRotary Bear Plunge as a fundraising opportunity.

Plunge for your favorite charity and mountain youth projects

The Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead is hosting the ninth annual PolaRotary Bear Plunge at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa Beach at 10:00 AM on Sat. February 4, 2017.

Styled after fundraising “walk-a-thons”, volunteers dive into the freezing cold waters of Lake Arrowhead to raise money for the Lake Arrowhead Rotary Foundation AND their favorite charitable organization. Last year, over $27,000 was raised.

Those who jump can choose to split the money they collect between the Rotary Foundation and another charity of their choice.

Benefactors of the “split” in past years include Soroptimist, Rim Education Foundation, Arrowhead Arts, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Pre-school, Mt. Sunrise Rotary Club, Wildhaven and the Mts. Community Hospital Foundation. The most successful fundraiser in 2015 was the Rim Education Foundation, led by Jo Bonita Rains, which raised $3200.

Over the past years, jumpers have included State Assemblymen, County Supervisors, Mountain Citizens Of The Year, the Mountains Community Hospital CEO, school board members, school teachers and principals, school board superintendent, Rotary presidents, Rotary district governors, Soroptimists, and  

Dr Patrick Rains, who spearheaded the PolaRotaryBear Jump from the very beginning, celebrates another icy plunge into Lake Arrowhead