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By Annette Shacklett
LOG Editor 

Jumpers leap into Bay to raise cancer funds

 

Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix LOG

A team of jumpers brave the cold Resurrection Bay waters to raise money for the American Cancer Society during the Seward Polar Bear Festival on Saturday.

Costumed people, 86 of them, leaped into the Bay Saturday to raise about $122,000 for the American Cancer Society. It was the annual Seward Polar Bear Jump-off, and the fun and fundraising went on all weekend.

Christie Hill of Homer was the top individual fundraiser coming in at $9,555 and she didn't even start her fundraising until about two weeks before the jump.

Hill takes the plunge and raises funds each year because the cancer her friends and family have experienced touches her deeply. "I love doing it. I'm always super excited to do it," she told The LOG. It was her 17th year making the jump and this year she wore nurse's scrubs.

The Price is Wrong Cancer team was the top team in fundraising at $13,471. Team leader Kim Bender appeared on the Price is Right game show back when Bob Barker hosted it, and the team took its theme from the show.

The Napa team brought in $12,241 and Team Sara Teague raised $11,085. The Napa group has supported the jump-off for 15 years.

Team Sarah Teague from the Seattle American Cancer Society office honored a staff member who died of cancer just before Christmas.

Funds were also raised at events for Children with Cancer on the Kenai Peninsula. Auctions and dinners raised about $6,000 for the children.

Mike Ford with KFQD MC'd the jump-off at the Small Boat Harbor and later in the day hosted a taping of KFQD's Big Alaska Show.

Costume awards were given to Tri - Lincoln Teams, Best Group, The Price is Wrong - Cancer, Kevin Burgess and John Horst.

Top Fundraisers

2016 Polar Bear Jump-off

Christie Hill $9,555

Brent Martindale $9,240

Kim Bender $7,456

Robert Boeckmann $5,203

Peter Carlson $3,604

Dave Bieganski $3,540

Wes Clanton $3,440

Vern Johnson $3,345

Von Terry $2,720

Sarah Robinson $2,405

 

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