Annual Polar Bear Swim slated for January 13

SILVER CREEK – On Sunday, Jan. 13, the 12th Annual Silver Creek Polar Bear Swim for charity will take place at the Firehouse on the Lake (Firemen’s Club), 23 Jackson St. in the village of Silver Creek.

The charities benefiting from this event will be Variety Kids (Women & Children’s Hospital), the Silver Creek Emergency Squad, Sunset Bay Volunteer Fire Department and the Silver Creek Food Pantry.

Swimmers are still wanted to brave the frigid Lake Erie temperatures for a quick dip. Money is raised through pledges and other activities throughout the day. A chili cook-off among local restaurants will also bring in additional donations.

For the non-swimmers there is plenty to keep you amused. There will be entertainment by Rock ‘n Roll to the Rescue, live music by Bone Shakers, a silent auction, fantasy black jack and other fun surprises. Refreshments and food will be available. There is no admission fee for spectators but a donation of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, paper products and health and beauty aids is requested for the Food Pantry.

The swim itself will take place at 1 p.m. sharp. All other events begin at noon.

Businesses are welcome to contribute gift certificates or other items and cash donations are always welcome!

Last year close to $14,000 was raised for charity with over 90 swimmers taking the plunge. This year organizers would like to increase that amount but need your help.

To receive a swimming pledge sheet, or to donate, call 716-934-3775. Forms may be requested via email at