Twin Lakes Polar Bear Plunge is Sunday

By Kyle McDonald | Staff Writer Published:

On Sunday, The Fairways at Twin Lakes wants members of the community to grab their swimsuits for an icy dip to kick off of the first Polar Bear Plunge charity event.

"In the middle of (a) Northeastern Ohio winter there aren't a lot of fun things to do, so we put together a winter fest in Twin Lakes," said Fairways owner David Beck. "There will be a longest drive contest, there will be chili, there will be karaoke and all kinds of fun activities, but the main focus of the day is the Polar Bear Plunge."

Proceeds from the event will support the Don Beckett Memorial Scholarship, a yearly award that is given to a Theodore Roosevelt High School graduate interested in the medical field.

"When my family bought (The Fairways at Twin Lakes), we not only wanted to have a successful business, but also wanted to do good things in the community," Beck said. "I learned about the Don Beckett scholarship and thought we could raise some money for it, so something fun on a Sunday afternoon and do some things together as a community."

Tickets to jump in the frozen lake cost $5, and the event runs from noon to 2 p.m.

Beck said children younger than 12 should be supervised, and people with medical conditions that might be affected by the plunge are asked to refrain from jumping. Kent firefighters will oversee the event for safety as well.

Beck said he's been on a few adventures, but this will be the first time he's plunged into a lake at this time of the year.

"I've jumped out of an airplane, scuba dived and done some crazy things, but I have never jumped into a frozen lake before," he said. "Hopefully it'll be a success and this is something we can do every year."

For more information, call the Fairways at Twin Lakes at 330-673-7887.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1127 or kmcdonald@recordpub.com

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