Polar Bear Jump Cancelled For 2020; Will Return in 2021

Waters Sponsor T-Shirt Contest To Continue Fundraising

Polar Bear Jump Cancelled

For 2020; Will Return in ’21

Brenda Waters, Milford, and Jay Murphy, Oneonta, call the Polar Bear jumpers out onto the ice to line up before taking the 2017 plunge.

MILFORD – The 25th annual Polar Bear jump, scheduled for February 2020, has been cancelled, founder Brenda Waters announced today.

“We regret to inform all of our loyal supporters that the 25th annual Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump has been canceled do to a recent motor-vehicle accident involving Brenda and Jamie Waters,” she wrote on the group’s Facebook page this evening.

“Goody, The Waters Family and all of our dedicated volunteers will miss the brave and loyal jumpers this year,” the post said. “We look forward to seeing you again on Feb. 20, 2021.”

The annual event, which draws more than 200 jumpers to plunge into Goodyear Lake every February, has raised over $1 million, all of it donated to families who are struggling with chronic illnesses.

However, Waters has come up with a way to continue fundraising for the recipients who have been selected. In January, there will be a contest to design a “No Fear” shirt, and the winning design will be printed on shirts and given to donors who give $100 or more.

Updates will be posted on their website, www.pbjump.com.

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