Mission and history of the Virginia Polar Dip
Camp Sunshine is pleased to announce the 2020 Virginia Polar Dip. We believe that together we can send many more children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to our one-of-a-kind retreat in Maine. This year, our goal is to raise $100,000 which will allow 40 families from the Mid-Atlantic area (including VA/MD/DC/DE/PA/WV/NC) to attend Camp Sunshine.
Date: February 1, 2020, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Reston Community Center, Lake Anne Village Center, Reston, VA
Registration for the Polar Dip starts at 12:00 PM with the Plunge at 2:00 PM.
Why a Virginia based event for a camp in Maine?
The Virginia Polar Dip was started by the Toth family in 2008 after a long history with Camp Sunshine. They first attended Camp Sunshine as a participating family in 1996 when their daughter Jennifer was a cancer patient at age 3, and they have returned as volunteers every summer since. After Jennifer participated in a Camp Sunshine Polar Dip in New Jersey, her family decided to bring the event to Virginia in order to help more local families. With the success of the event over the last nine years they have expanded the area of families they are able to help.
Since the start of Camp Sunshine in 1984, we have provided a haven for more than 53,000 family members from 50 states and 27 countries. Sadly, even with multiple sessions being added annually at Camp Sunshine, there are still many more children being newly diagnosed each year. We now offer two Bereavement sessions each year. Our program continues to be recommended by more than 100 treatment centers across the nation.
Our program is recommended by the following Mid-Atlantic area treatment centers: Children's National Medical Center in D.C., Georgetown University Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, University of Virginia Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Medical College of Virginia, Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Maryland, University of Maryland Medical Center, Walter Reid Army Medical Center, Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Hershey Medical Center, Lehigh Valley Hospital, St. Christopher Hospital for Children, West Virginia University Children's Hospital, Baptist Hospital/Brenners Children's, Duke University Medical Center, Levine Children's Hospital, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of NC Hospitals.
For more information about Camp Sunshine go to www.campsunshine.org.
Past Virginia Polar Dip Results:
2008: 33 participants, $ 6,804.00 raised
2009: 60 participants, $ 16,213.86 raised
2010: 87 participants, $ 51,694.89 raised
2011: 115 participants, $ 82,590.27 raised
2012: 185 participants, $ 76,097.59 raised
2013: 202 participants, $ 73,689.67 raised
2014: 249 participants, $ 89,448.41 raised
2015: 338 participants, $122,608.12 raised
2016: 215 participants, $104,128.43 raised
2017: 195 participants, $ 82,898.24 raised
2018: 127 participants, $ 54,955.00 raised
2019: No event held
Total raised to date: $761,128.48