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Thanks for supporting the Polar Bear Plunge

Letter to the Editor

January 17, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Thanks for supporting the Polar Bear Plunge

To the Editor:

The 13th Annual Fort Myers Beach Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day Jan. 1, 2018 was a huge success. The Polar Bear Club would like to say "Thank You" to everyone who supported, participated,donated items for the silent auction, purchased t-shirts, Koozies and 50/50 tickets. To Fellow Polar Bear members Bonnie Blake, Mary Sue Malcolm and Kathy Zolman and all others who assisted with the solicitation and coordination of the items for the silent auction. The plunge drew approximately 350 people despite the uncertainty of the weather which fortunately held out during the entire event.

This years Plunge benefited the FMB Firefighters Benevolent Association Local 1826. The Club was honored to present a check in the amount of $8,000 to the Firefighters in memory of long time beach resident and wonderful lady Ruthie DeHenning who departed our paradise in the summer of 2017.

Thanks to our donors: Bayfront Bistro, The Book Nook, Bob and Sandy Bostic, Castaways, Brian and Patti Coleman, Comfort by Design, The Ruthie DeHenning Family, Dolphin Inn, Fish House , Fish Tale Marina, Fresh Catch Bistro, Gulfshore Grille, Gulfview Manor Resort, Gullwing Beach Resort, Betsy and Ed Herbert, Dan and Rose Imhoff, Islander Gift Gallery and Boutique, Island Jewel, Jenny Nails Salon, Lani Kai Resort, Leani's Swimwear, Le French Gem, Love Boat Ice Cream, Doug MacGregor, Mango Rita's, Matanzas Inn Resort, Matanzas on the Bay Restaurant, Joel Messinger, Michael Moxley, Munch Box , Myerlee Golf Course, Nauti Parrot Restaurant, Nervous Nellies, One Flight Up, Outrigger Beach Resort, Pierside Grill, Pinchers Restaurant, Plaka Restaurant, Sea Gypsy Inn, Shear Class Design, Shipwreck Treasures, Skippers Liquor, Skye's Restaurant, Smugglers Cove Mini-Golf, Snook Bight Marina, S. O. B.'s Restaurant, South Beach Grille, Sunflower Cafe, Sun Hardware, Terra Nostra Restaurant, Trico Shrimp Company, Tropical Jewelry, Truly Scrumptious, Tuckaway Cafe, Robin and Mike Waltman, Cheri and Jerry Warren, West Coast Cabana, Wyndham Garden Hotel, Rob Zolman and Zushi Zushi Restaurant.

Special thanks to the Outrigger Beach Resort for the use of their facilities, Smokin Bill and the Smokin Section for their fantastic music, the Firefighters for their participation with the event and all the donors who contributed to this success. The Club is looking forward to New Years Day 2019. Mark your Calendars.

With Sincere Gratitude,

The Fort Myers Beach Polar Bear Club Officers

Doc Malcolm

Bill Schmidt

Ed Herbert



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