Polar Bear Swim for Charity Sunday

SILVER CREEK – On Sunday, the Firehouse on the Lake, 23 Jackson St. in the village of Silver Creek, will be the location of the 13th annual Polar Bear Swim for Charity.

Last year, through the pledges brought in by courageous swimmers and all those who supported the event, organizers were able to donate close to $17,000 to Variety Kids (Woman & Children’s Hospital), the Silver Creek Rescue Squad, Sunset Bay Fire Dept. and the Silver Creek Food Pantry.

Swimmers take a quick dip into Lake Erie for the aforementioned charities promptly at 1 p.m. Money is raised through pledges and donations.

Dunkirk native Denise Wolnik was honored this past year by Variety Kids Telethon. She was recognized for not only being a top swimmer raising pledges, but also for her year-long dedication in collecting donations and prizes for the event. Friends of Denise claim that she begins her efforts the very next day after the annual swim.

There will be entertainment including “Rock ‘n Roll to the Rescue” DJ services and live music with “the Bone Shakers.” A huge silent auction, chili cook-off among local restaurants, wine tasting with Merritt Winery, a basket of cheer raffle and fantasy black jack will round out the non-swimming activities that begin at noon. Food and beverages will be available.

There is no admission fee, but a donation of non-perishable food items, paper products, shampoo, soap, diapers and cleaning supplies will be collected for the Food Pantry.

For more information, to donate prior to the event, or for pledge sheets call 934-3775. Inquire online by emailing pforge@verizon.net.