Living in an apartment in Mooresville and wondering how to make a difference this New Year? By taking a brisk dip into Lake Norman on New Year’s Day, you will be helping SCAN in its efforts to stop child abuse.
The Fourth Annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at The Point Lake and Golf Club west of Mooresville at 11 a.m., and founder Bo Watson said he can’t wait to “help out such a great cause.”
Last year the event had over 100 people in attendance and more than $10,000 raised for SCAN.
Watson said. “Everyone has a great time. A lot of interest stems from local middle school and high school students, who think it’s a blast. They’re really the brave ones who splash around in the cold water of Lake Norman, while the adults run in and out pretty quickly.”
The mission of the Exchange SCAN Center is to prevent child abuse, whether by physical violence, inappropriate emotional demands, or the lack of physical and emotional care. SCAN is the sole beneficiary for the Polar Bear Plunge this year.
“The proceeds will help us pay for our parent aide program in the Mooresville area,” said SCAN director Amy Eisele. “This is the program where we visit families who are having difficulties with their children’s behavior. We visit weekly to give assistance with dealing with these behaviors and support as parents are learning these new techniques.”
With T-shirts giveaways and cases of beer from Mecklenburg Brewery for the best costumes and craziest hats, everyone will have a great time. If you’ve never participated, it’s a great way to start the New Year and the jump is really exciting.The event is family appropriate and tons of fun.
Watson said anyone who would like to come, whether they jump in or not, is welcome, as is any denomination donation toward SCAN.
“You’ll be having a great time while supporting a great cause, so come on out and enjoy,” he said.
The Polar Bear Plunge is $50 per adult and $10 per child (teachers and veterans get in free) registration begins at 11am. Music, food and spirits are available to participants.
At 4 p.m., the Polar Bear Party will kick off at Lake Norman Tavern, with live music from the Ethan Hanson Band.
Information from Mooresville Tribune