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12th Annual Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump

Onlookers lined up for the 2013 Polar Bear jump at Turkey Foot Lake (Source: Akron.com) Onlookers lined up for the 2013 Polar Bear jump at Turkey Foot Lake (Source: Akron.com)
PORTAGE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - President/CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Dan Flowers, has challenged community leaders and businesses to participate in the 12th annual Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Portage Lakes State Park is located at 5031 Manchester Road in Akron.

The event, which begins at 2 p.m., will also consist of entertainment and hot chocolate among other activities.

Flowers will be jumping into the frigid waters of Portage Lakes during the Polar Bear Jump benefiting the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

“Each day, the Foodbank and its team of partner agencies are putting approximately 82,000 meals on the tables of families in our community struggling with hunger,” explained Flowers. “We feel so fortunate to be able to partner with those in our community in this cause, and we sincerely thank the Portage Lakes Polar Bear Club for the opportunity to jump together in support of those in need!”

During last year's Polar Bear Jump, thousands of onlookers supported the 800 jumpers who plunged into the icy Portage Lakes. The jumpers raised $100,000 for non-profit agencies in our community.

Here's how you can get involved:

• Want to jump? Simply go to akroncantonfoodbank.org and download the jumper information packet.

• Want to support the event? You can make a pledge! To donate funds to support all the brave individuals jumping, visit akroncantonfoodbank.org.

“I invite our community leaders, friends of the Foodbank, and anyone who is willing to join the Foodbank and the Polar Bear Club in the fight to end hunger,” said Flowers. “Join our team, and help us in our quest to freeze the body, warm the heart and feed those in need!”

So far, community participants like Kisling, Nestico & Redick, Senator Frank LaRose, First Energy, Akron Public Schools, Romeo's Pizza, GoJo Industries, Akron General Orthopedics and The YMCA of Western Stark County have stepped up to the challenge and signed up to jump.

For more information about the Polar Bear Jump and how you can get involved please visit portagelakespolarbearjump.com or call 330.535.6900.

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