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November 21st, 2008
Cabana Beach Apartments Holds 1st Annual Polar Bear Plunge to Benefit United Way of Hays County

To get in the holiday giving spirit, put on your warmest swimsuit, come down to Sewell Park and jump in the San Marcos River, all for a great cause…United Way of Hays County. Cabana Beach Apartments presents the 1st Annual Polar Bear Plunge benefiting United Way of Hays County on December 1, 2008, at 5pm in Sewell Park.”One of our other properties up North has hosted a Polar Bear Plunge for years and it has become a fun, annual event benefiting a local charity,” said Salvador Ramirez, Residential Life Director at Cabana Beach Apartments. “This is a great way for us to give back to the San Marcos community and we couldn’t think of a better organization than the United Way of Hays County to give to as they serve so many of the Hays County residents.”

Participants of the Polar Bear Plunge will be asked to give a five-dollar donation prior to jumping in the river. Those who may not have such a thick skin but are still committed to helping their neighbors during the holiday season can give a $10 donation to not have to plunge in the frigid water. Immediately following the plunge, Mochas & Javas, Texas Pie Company, Wal-Mart of San Marcos and Wal-Mart of Buda will provide hot beverages and cookies to warm everyone back up.

“On December 1, we’ll be freezin’ for a reason…United Way of Hays County,” said Earl Moseley, United Way of Hays County board member and Coordinator for Campus Activities at Texas State University. “This event will be a way for a different, younger crowd to support our organization and have a great time with friends and Hays County community members as well.”

For information on the Polar Bear Plunge or other ways to support United Way of Hays County, please visit unitedwayhaysco.org or call Michelle Harper, Executive Director, at 512.353.1420.

About United Way of Hays County: The United Way of Hays County was founded in 1982. Its 21 partner agencies play a vital role in carrying out the United Way of Hays County mission of building strong families, helping kids succeed and promoting health and independence. United Way supported services strengthen families by helping them overcome economic and emotional problems; helps children succeed in school and build relationships, values and character; and assists children, adults and seniors with illnesses, disabilities and other challenges to achieve the health and independence they deserve.

by Michelle Harper
United Way of Hays County

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