CALAIS, Maine — Members of the student senate, some of whom took the icy plunge in the 12th annual Washington County Community College Polar Bear Dip in February, presented a check for $22,742 to the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor on April 12.
Christine Phillips, president of the student senate and a second year student at the college, said she was impressed with how the community gets behind the Polar Bear Dip each year.
During the presentation, Phillips thanked the individuals, businesses and organizations who donated time and services and the people who gathered pledges and jumped in the icy waters of Passamaquoddy Bay.
“I am still thawing out from that,” she said.
Phillips also handed Darlene MacLeod, executive director and house manager of the Ronald McDonald House, a $300 check from Calais Middle School student Cecilia McCoy of Calais, who was unable to attend the presentation. McCoy drew the winning design that graced the back of this year’s Polar Bear Sweatshirt. The sweatshirt is given to those who raise $75 or more for the dip.
MacLeod said that each year the money raised from the Polar Bear Dip represents the largest donation to the Ronald McDonald House.
“When I say we can’t do this without you, I am serious, we couldn’t do it without you,” she said. MacLeod said Ronald McDonald House is not subsidized by any federal or state agency or by the Ronald McDonald Corporation. “We raise money the old-fashioned way: by jumping in cold water.”
The facility, located with walking distance of Eastern Maine Medical Center, provides lodging at no cost each year to more than 500 families whose children face life-threatening challenges.