Virginia Polar Dip

Virginia Polar Dip Join us for the 12th Virginia Polar Dip on Saturday, February 1, 2020. For more information go to http://www.freezinforareason.com.
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Here are the highlights of the 2020 Virginia Polar Dip. Thank you again to everyone who participated. You helped us rais...
04/13/2020

Here are the highlights of the 2020 Virginia Polar Dip. Thank you again to everyone who participated. You helped us raise over $50,000 this year, bringing our 12-year total to over $810,000!

Here are the highlights of the 2020 Virginia Polar Dip. Thank you again to everyone who participated. You helped us raise over $50,000 this year, bringing our 12-year total to over $810,000!

02/12/2020
Reston Diggs

Check out this fun video to see more footage and photos from the event!

How cold is to cold to go for a dip?

Lake Anne Plaza hosted the 2020 Virginia Polar Dip where participants paid to jump in the lake. In years past the lake has been frozen the ice had to be cut to even get to the water!

This event benefits Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Freezin For A Reason, an amazing organization helping children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

See ya next year!

Virginia Polar Dippers - If you didn’t get enough last Saturday, or if you missed our Dip, here’s your chance to still d...
02/08/2020
2020 Eastern Shore Polar Dip - Camp Sunshine

Virginia Polar Dippers - If you didn’t get enough last Saturday, or if you missed our Dip, here’s your chance to still do one this year, or do a second one. The Eastern Shore Polar Dip for Camp Sunshine will take place on Sun, Feb. 9, at 12:00 in Oxford, MD. It’s a great day-trip to a lovely little town, about 2 hrs. from Reston. There’s a pancake breakfast at the fire house 8-11 AM, and registration begins at 11:00 at the Yacht Club. We will be there running into the Tred Avon River! Won’t you join us?!

http://csun.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1472&pg=entry

February 9, 2020. All funds raised will benefit Camp Sunshine a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families in Casco, ME.

Thank you to the Reston Connection for their coverage of Saturday's Virginia Polar Dip.
02/07/2020

Thank you to the Reston Connection for their coverage of Saturday's Virginia Polar Dip.

02/05/2020

2020 Virginia Polar Dip

02/05/2020
Camp Sunshine Polar Dip

A HUGE Thank You to #3L.Creations and Keo Kreative Media for coming out to the Virginia Polar Dip and creating this video of the event! Please share so everyone can see how much fun we have, so they'll want to join us next year! You can follow them on Instagram at #3L.Creations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLUhE1qQbiE&feature=youtu.be

Camp Sunshine Polar Dip in Reston, VA on 2/1/20

Thank you to WTOP for attending and covering the Virginia Polar Dip at Lake Anne today.  https://wtop.com/fairfax-county...
02/02/2020
Virginia Polar Dip invites the daring and charitable into chilly Lake Anne | WTOP

Thank you to WTOP for attending and covering the Virginia Polar Dip at Lake Anne today.

https://wtop.com/fairfax-county/2020/02/virginia-polar-dip-invites-the-daring-and-charitable-into-chilly-lake-anne/?fbclid=IwAR1xM2Ga99N7Yn3Hmi6Wf5Y7qu3AXIauEMmONM4vHOCfALV_pTBypvNwN6w

Many took the plunge for an annual event to raise money for Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

02/01/2020

Thank you doesn't begin to express my appreciation to everyone who came out to support the Virginia Polar Dip today, whether you jumped, donated, or cheered us on. We appreciate you all for supporting this event and Camp Sunshine. We had a great turnout today with 169 participants. The water temperature was 42 degrees, with an air temperature of 45 at Dip time. Our unofficial amount raised is ~$50,000. Donations are still being accepted on our website so we hope to increase that amount. The link to David Madison Photography's pictures should be available on Monday, and I will post it here. Thank you again!

Good morning Polar Dippers!  We are SO excited to see you at Lake Anne this afternoon.  It’s a perfect day to “Go Jump i...
02/01/2020

Good morning Polar Dippers! We are SO excited to see you at Lake Anne this afternoon. It’s a perfect day to “Go Jump in the Lake”.

I just checked on the lake for tomorrow and everything is ready for us!   Raise $100 and get one of these designer shirt...
01/31/2020

I just checked on the lake for tomorrow and everything is ready for us! Raise $100 and get one of these designer shirts! Also everyone who raises $250 individually, will also get a Freezin’ For A Reason beach towel! Keep fundraising and invite your friends to join you. This will be the biggest party in town tomorrow!

01/31/2020

Many of the merchants at Lake Anne Plaza will have special offerings for polar dippers and spectators on Saturday. Come check them out and support the local businesses that support our event!

--Chesapeake Chocolates will be selling hot chocolate and chocolate polar bears with proceeds going to Camp Sunshine. They will also host a wine tasting from 1:00-4:00 PM and donate the proceeds to Camp Sunshine.

--Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar will have a warming station with heaters and a fire pit. They are offering hot chocolate, hot coffee, hot tea, and (if you're old enough!) Hot Toddies, Irish Coffee, and other adult beverages that will take the chill off. Discounts for all jumpers!

--Lake Anne Brew House will have an extended patio for viewing and dog friendly seating, a fire pit, blankets, beer, and warm soft pretzels. $1 per pint will be donated to Camp Sunshine for every beer purchased during the event.

--Washington Plaza Baptist Church will be opening their sanctuary from 2:00-4:00 PM for anyone that wants to warm up inside. They will also be hosting a children’s crafts table on the plaza.

--Reston Museum will be offering 10% discount on hoodies.

T minus two days! See you there!

01/30/2020

With less than 3 days to go we have 130 people pre-registered to jump with us on Saturday! Can we reach 150? Invite your friends. This is one of those bucket list items they can check off, and all for a great cause. And it's looking like the lake will not be frozen over and need to be cut with the chain saw this year! Who remembers that from several years ago?

01/28/2020

Today’s sponsor shout-out goes to our Gold Sponsor, Kalypso's Sports Tavern! Kalypso’s will be donating 10% of their sales on Saturday from 12-4 PM to the Virginia Polar Dip. Stop in after the event to warm up and thank them for their support! They are also selling raffle tickets through Sunday for $5/each for a 55” LED TV, a Cuisinart Gas Grill, Nationals Tickets, and more great prizes to be drawn at their Super Bowl Party on Sunday with all proceeds going to Camp Sunshine!

Today we thank Salon Khouri for their support of the Virginia Polar Dip as a Silver Sponsor! Salon Khouri is full-servic...
01/28/2020
Top Northern Virginia Hair Salon | Salon Khouri

Today we thank Salon Khouri for their support of the Virginia Polar Dip as a Silver Sponsor! Salon Khouri is full-service hair salon and spa with locations in Fairfax and Dulles Landing, and they are committed to supporting many worthy causes through their community outreach partners!

https://salonkhouri.com/

Salon Khouri is a full-service hair salon in Northern VA, offering expert hair and skincare services customized uniquely to you. Book an appointment today!

01/27/2020
csun.convio.net

With the Virginia Polar Dip less than a week away, we want to make sure everyone is aware of some of the logistics for the day. Almost any question you may have is answered in our FAQ at the event website, and can also be found at the link below. In addition, we do not have a towel sponsor this year as in the past, so make sure you bring a towel for when you get out of the lake. We're excited to see you all!
http://csun.convio.net/site/DocServer/2019_va_faqs.pdf?docID=581

01/22/2020

We have 98 people signed up online to jump! Who wants to put us over 100?

01/22/2020

Thanks to our Silver Sponsor Reston Community Center! Their Lake Anne location (make sure you come to the right one!) is where event registration will take place, as well as changing rooms for participants and refreshments after the dip!

https://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/

Do you love looking at photos from the Virginia Polar Dip? We have our Silver Sponsor and official event photographer Da...
01/19/2020

Do you love looking at photos from the Virginia Polar Dip? We have our Silver Sponsor and official event photographer David Madison Photography to thank! David snaps amazing action shots of everyone jumping into the lake and his photos truly capture the excitement of the day! Join us this year in taking the dip... if for no other reason than that you'll have some epic photos to show off to all of your friends :)

https://www.davidmadisonphotography.com/

As February 1st quickly approaches, we are excited to see everyone at the lake TWO WEEKS from today! A big "thank you" g...
01/18/2020

As February 1st quickly approaches, we are excited to see everyone at the lake TWO WEEKS from today! A big "thank you" goes out to Lake Anne Plaza, one of our Silver Sponsors and the site of our event. Stay tuned to hear about the special offers many of the merchants on the plaza will be offering for participants and spectators on the day of the dip!

Today's sponsor shout-out goes to Ourisman Chantilly Toyota! Ourisman offers new and used vehicle sales as well as parts...
01/16/2020
Ourisman Chantilly Toyota: Toyota Dealer in Fairfax County, VA

Today's sponsor shout-out goes to Ourisman Chantilly Toyota! Ourisman offers new and used vehicle sales as well as parts and service, leasing, financing, and collision repair. We thank them for their support and say, "Let's ride together!" And also, "let's polar dip together!"

https://www.ourismanchantillytoyota.com/

Search Ourisman Chantilly Toyota's online Toyota dealership and browse our comprehensive selection of new cars, trucks and SUVs. Buy a new or used Toyota in Chantilly at Ourisman Chantilly Toyota. Serving Washington DC, Vienna VA, Arlington VA and Springfield VA.

As we thank all of our sponsors for their support, we have to give a giant THANK YOU to the Fairfax County Cold Water Di...
01/12/2020

As we thank all of our sponsors for their support, we have to give a giant THANK YOU to the Fairfax County Cold Water Dive Team for their role in ensuring that the event runs safely and smoothly every year!

Who thinks there will be ice on the lake for them to clear three weeks from today?!?

01/06/2020

Today's sponsor shout-out goes to Polar Dip Partner Loebig Chiropractic & Rehab. Located in Great Falls, Loebig offers a variety of services including chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy. They have always been supporters of our event- some of their staff are even featured in the picture on this year's event flyer!

https://www.loebigchiropractic.com

Have you signed up yet?  Formed a team?  What are you waiting for?  What better way for folks to make their end-of-year ...
12/14/2019

Have you signed up yet? Formed a team? What are you waiting for? What better way for folks to make their end-of-year tax donations than sending children with life-threatening illnesses to a very special camp?

Pizza and polar dippers- a perfect pairing! Mark your calendars for a great and delicious fundraiser happening this Frid...
12/08/2019

Pizza and polar dippers- a perfect pairing! Mark your calendars for a great and delicious fundraiser happening this Friday at Paisano’s in Reston. Just mention the Virginia Polar Dip when you order anything from the menu (dine in or take out, all day from 11am to 11pm) and the restaurant will donate 20% of your bill to our event. Spread the word to all of your local friends! #virginiapolardip #freezinforareason #paisanospizza #reston

Lake Anne Plaza is bustling with holiday activities today and we’re here to spread the word about our upcoming icy dip a...
12/07/2019

Lake Anne Plaza is bustling with holiday activities today and we’re here to spread the word about our upcoming icy dip and recruit some jumpers! Come say hi and check out the local businesses here, many of which are sponsors of our event!
#freezinforareason #virginiapolardip #tminus56days #lakeanneplaza

Two months from today is the return of the Virginia Polar Dip at Lake Anne in Reston!  Everyone said they missed us last...
12/01/2019
2020 Virginia Polar Dip - Camp Sunshine

Two months from today is the return of the Virginia Polar Dip at Lake Anne in Reston! Everyone said they missed us last year. Show us how much by signing up to jump with us (as an individual, or form a team). Help us to raise $100K and send 40 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to Camp Sunshine next year. Sign up here. http://csun.convio.net/site/TR/PolarBearPlunge/General?fr_id=1460&pg=entry

Sign up today to participate in the 2020 Virginia Polar Dip taking place on February 1st, 2020 in Reston Virginia to benefit Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine.

11/23/2019

The Virginia Polar Dip is pleased to announce that Reston’s own Andy Sigle will be co-emceeing the next Virginia Polar Dip. Andy is well known in Reston for his long-time involvement in many non-profit organizations and events, and has also jumped in the Polar Dip several times. Please plan to join us, and Andy, at Lake Anne on Saturday, Feb. 1. It is sure to be a fun-filled afternoon!

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11/22/2019

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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

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