The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Annette Shacklett
LOG Editor 

Jump into bay supports cancer victims, research


Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Saturday at midday they lined up on the dock to fulfill the promise to those who pledged donations to the American Cancer Society that they'd jump into the frigid bay. And after a series of dark, wet and gloomy days, right before the leaping began the clouds broke and the sun shined on the 30th annual Polar Bear Jumpoff.

Over $120,000 was raised for ACS over the weekend by the jumpers, auctions and other events. Some events raised money for Children with Cancer on the Kenai Peninsula

Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Many dozen volunteers came together to stage the weekend festival with not just the jump into Resurrection Bay but auctions, poker and pool tournaments, oyster slurping, waiter contest and more.

American Legion Post #5 pitched in with many events – breakfasts, dinners, Karaoke contest and an auction.

At the Saturday afternoon entertainment and awards ceremony KFQD's Steve Stripling, who was also the voice on the loudspeakers at the jump, hosted local musician Steve Lemme, celebrity jumper Conway Seavey and members of the former Alaska Brass, followed by interviews with jumpers and organizers. After that KFQD filmed a segment for the Big Alaska Show.

In all, the weekend was non-stop fun.


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