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               THE BEAR NEWS
                       Published to enlighten the minds and hearts of Bears everywhere
                                                  January 2008


                                     Celebrate Super Bowl Fever
                                             with a frosty dip in the Atlantic!
                         Kick-off on Super Bowl Sunday isn’t until 6:30 p.m. - leaving plenty of time for Bears
                         to join Polar Bear festivities for the 1 p.m. Plunge into the Atlantic for Special
                         Olympics Delaware, on Sunday, February 3rd at Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk!

                         Enclosed please find 2008 pre-registration materials. Deadline to pre-register is Friday,
                         January 25th - to guarantee your sweatshirt will be available the day of the Plunge. If
you have already pre-registered - thank you for getting your form in early! Each week we’ll update the SODE
website with those individuals who have pre-registered. Visit us at www. sode.org and visit Wawa our official
Polar Bear Headquarters, at any one of their 34 Delaware locations.


                                           What’s New for 2008
                 Group Photo With the help of Dennis Forney, Cape Gazette, each year we try to capture all of the
                 bears in one photo and with so many bears - it’s not easy! We’re still working on a plan to
                 capture all of the bears where they ‘camp-out’. We’ll have the latest update when you register
                 at the Plunge.


Special Olympics Delaware Credit Card Bank of America has teamed with
Special Olympics Delaware to offer an SODE credit card! In addition to World
Points, the card also offers great rates - and with each purchase you make
Special Olympics Delaware will benefit! A win-win! Look for our kiosk on
the boardwalk!

Businesses In & Around Rehoboth Welcome Polar Bears! Many businesses in and around Rehoboth are
offering Polar Bears a sweet deal - when you show your Polar Bear wrist band! You’ll receive your wrist band at
Registration and the band must be worn to receive store/restaurant discount(s). We’re compiling the list now -
but just to give you an idea --- see below! We’ll be up-dating our web site with the list of specials and will have
a flyer in your goodie bag at registration! Participating businesses will display a blue ’Welcome Polar Bears’ flag!
       Retro Cafe (12 Wilmington Ave. - right across from the Registration Tent) 15% off total check for all
       Polar Bears & their guests; open 8am to 3pm. Full breakfast, lunch & Sunday Brunch menu!
       Crabby Dick’s (18831Coastal Highway (Rt 1)) Saturday Night - buy one dinner - get one free.
       Stoney Lonen (208 Second Street) will offer a 10% discount on meals to Bears on Saturday night.

Many businesses are also offering gift certificates towards a Boardwalk Raffle including Dos Locos, Pig &
Fish Restaurant Co., to name a few.
                          The Bear                             Essentials
                                   Registration at the Event
The registration process is simple! Bring at least $50, or at least $40 if you pre-registered… you'll receive a
wristband, which will get you into the Apres Plunge party at the Baycenter and some cool deals in and around
Rehoboth!; your event sweatshirt (if you pre-registered); a set of hand warmers; a list of businesses who
have special deals for the bears; directions for post plunge showers (Sussex Family YMCA) and the Apres
Plunge Party. Plus any last minute instructions.

Saturday Evening - February 2nd If you want to beat the crowds, you can register the night before at
Crabber’s Cove (Baycenter) in Dewey Beach. We plan to be open at 5pm!! and will stay open until 9pm.

Sunday - February 3rd On the day of the Plunge registration will open at 10 a.m. under a 40’x40’ tent at
the base of Wilmington Avenue and the Boardwalk. Get there early to make sure you complete registration in
time for the Plunge! We recommend you arrive in Rehoboth no later than 11:30am. With so many bears and
spectators - congestion is likely and parking can be a challenge - so the earlier the better!
                                                            Anniversary Bears
                                       All Polar Bears who have plunged 10 years - either consecutively or in total -
                                       will receive a commemorative embroidered red sweatshirt - noting the 10
                                       years they have plunged! The following is a list of bears and their 10-year
                                       anniversary… Please call if we missed your name…


10 Year Bears          Scott Johnson          Robert Sterkenberg      Believe it or not... we have 9 bears who, if
                       Debbie Johnson         Kirsten Stewart         they take the plunge in 2008, will have plunged
...in 2008             Howard Keener, Jr.     Norma Street            15 years! Fifteen year bears will receive a com-
Kristin Akers          Kenneth Kreider        Matthew Swintek         memorative embroidered LLBean black polar
Michael Avelleyra      Shannon Kreider        Keith Thompson          fleece vest - G. Reid Conely, James Keeley,
Stuart Barr            Kathy Kucek            Larry Thornton          III; J. Scott Lykens; CW Mitchell; JB
Claire Barr            Joan Kugler            Dave Vispi              Mitchell; Alison Nolt; James Nunes; Greg
Stephen Blechman       Don Lewis, Jr.         Mary Walpole            Skoglund; Charles Wooleyhand
R. Hatton Brown, Jr.   Ed Lichman             John Welsh
Thomas Butterly        Patty MacArthur        Stephen West
Andrww Cherriman                                                             10 Year Bears       Jason Lennon
                       Megan Maloney          Jonathan Woerner
Kenneth Cooper                                                                                   Bill Lewis
                       Michael Marquis, Sr.   Non-consecutive             .... in 2010
Devon Doyle                                   10-year Bears                                      Brian Lord
                       Ken Miller
                                                                          Anthoula Anagnostou    Alexis Ludlam
Denise Emory           Robin Moxley           Andrew Abele
                                                                          Matthew Avelleyra      Joan Ludwig
Benton Garrison        Scott Moxley           Keith Atkins
                                                                          Tamara Averell         Jose Lukecart
Katie Grunert          Joe Nichols            LeAnne Carson
                                                                          Matthew Ballish        Sarah Lyman
Mark Grunert           Greg Pope              Steve Dagg
                                                                          Jacob Barr             Brendan McGuire
Megan Grunert          Bill Queener           Kathleen Denny
                                                                          ALlen Becker           Ferd Machulski
Teresa Grunert         Ted Reiver             Erin Denny
                                                                          janie Berdinka         Bernard Malin
Dave Guidash           Michele Remenicky      Robert Kelley
                                                                          Matthew Blakeman       Michael Marquis, II
Mark Herron            Sandy Reyes            David McCarthy
                                                                          Gregory Blechman       Paul Marzulli
Joseph Hood            Autumn Siwak           Frederick Prout
                                                                          Keith Brennan          Francis Mickey McElwee
Chris Johnson          Craig Slatcher         Robert Valihura, Jr.
                                                                          Tom Burnley            Damien MCGovern
                                                                          Philip Campbell, Jr.   Allie McQuaide
                                                                          Richard Carlisle       Erin McQuaide
                                                                          Steve Casey            Ronald Mille
                                                                          John Castagno          Barbara Mollman
10 Year Bears          Bill Hollandsworth     Cherie Nolt                 Joe Castagnola         Dawne Nickerson
                       Owen Hutchison         Jennifer Osborn             Beth Chalifoux         Pamela Notarange
...in 2009             Ellen Izzo             Steven Osborn               Catherine Czerwinski   Katie Ogden
Chelse Allen           Fred Jalot, Jr.        Allen Pedrick               Claude Davis           Ronald Prisco
Carol Bak              Robert Kahn            Elise Prisco                Eleanot Davis          George Roberts
Elizabeth Baker        Brooke Keeley          Gus Remenicky               Linda Doyle            Jane Roth
Matthew Balish         Kevin Kite             Matthew Rosenberg           Eric Edwards           Philip Russ
Emma Barr              Wayne Kline            Luther Rucker               Norman Emory, Jr.      Terri Schoeffler
Jerry Blanco           Jim Konitzer           Philip Saxon                Kris Everhart          John Schultz
Elizabeth Butterly     Tiffany Lang           Stephanie Saxton            Ron Farrell            Jeffrey Scott
Ed Clarke              Brenda Levi            Marissa Siwak               Stephen Fatula         Emily Simpson
James Cogill           Jay Lingo              Tony Stark                  Mike Goins             Dyllon Slatcher
John Cook              Jordan Lingo           Alisabeth Staron            Joan Haffer            Sharyn Slick
Christopher Ezzie      Marion Lisehora        Adam Stephenson             Doris Hicks            Will Spinelli
Bob Frederick          Craig Littleton        Sharman Stephenson          Susan Hudson           Leah Stawicki
Mitch Frizzell         Joan Maloney           Karen Vasecka               Cole Hutchison         William Street
Rosemary Geldof        Deborah McDaniel       John Venters                Dave Jalot             Jeff Twardus
Kenneth Heck           Marie McIntosh         Lacey Welch                 Paige Jalot            Megan Waninger
Jessica Herron         Daniel Meadows         Jack Wintermantle           Rick Jalot             James Weiler
George Hickman         Sherri Minear          Nicole Young                Joseph Johnson, III    Alice Wigfall
Betsy Hicks            Deacon Myers           Joseph Young                Orlan Kelley, III      Bill Winthrup, III
                                                                          James Kessler, Sr.     Gary Wright
                                                                          Janet King             David Zarrilli
                                                                          LuWanna Krause
                                                      Apres Plunge Party
                                                       Sponsored
                                                              By


                                      Wilmington Trust invites everyone to the best party in town - the Apres
                                      Plunge Party. Hosted by the Baycenter, the Apres Plunge Party features
                                      Nicola’s pizza and chili, great big cookies, a cash bar and the toe-tapping
                                      sounds of Greg Mack and his Polar Bear Band! So... after the Plunge... dry
off and hurry over to the best party in town! As before... Polar Bears get into the party for free with their wrist
band... all friends, family and relations over the age of 10 will be charged $5 at the door.


            If You’ve Created a FirstGiving Page...
For bears who created their own FirstGiving fund raising page - we will have a separate registration area
for you on Saturday/Sunday of the Plunge. We will have a FirstGiving report on-hand verifying your on-
line fund raising total through Friday evening, February 1st at 5pm. You may download your fund raising
page and bring it with you - if your total is higher. We will monitor your page post-plunge to ensure you
are given credit for any additional funds collected post-plunge and ensure you receive your proper gift
recognition.

Polar Bears who raise the $50 minimum will receive an event sweatshirt! If you raise $250 or more - you
will receive an embroidered LL. Bean Bath Towel... for amounts from $500 to $5,000 you may receive
embroidered sweatshirts, fleece jackets and robes! Even original stained glass art!!!

If you haven’t created a FirstGiving page - it’s not too late! Visit www.firstgiving.com/sode -- it takes 5
minutes to set-up your page and no advance computer skills are needed. It will walk you through set-up or
you can download instructions. (Please note: signing up with Firstgiving does not pre-register you for the
Plunge).


                                       Make It A Beach Weekend
                       Why not make it a "beach weekend"… The following hotels have given us their special "Polar
                       Bear Plunge Rates"… for a one-night stay. When making reservations inform the hotel you are a
                       Polar Bear! Cancellation restrictions may apply - please inquire when making your reservation.
 Atlantic Sands Rehoboth (101 N Boardwalk). Call 1-800-422-0600 to make reservations. Single or
 double -$67; triple -$77; quad - $87 Late check-out available! Ocean-view rooms available. Ocean front rooms have
 been under construction - and were expected to not be available in time for the Plunge. But the renovations moved
 quicker than expected - and there are now additional rooms available.
 Gold Leaf Best Western Dewey Beach (conveniently located across from Rusty Rudder and site of the Apres'
 plunge party) offers the following: one night - $49. Call 1-800-422-8566 to make reservations. Late check-out
 available.
 Breakers Hotel Rehoboth (2 Baltimore Avenue) located two blocks from the plunge site. Call 1-800-441-
 8009 to make reservations. Single or double - $59; Suites $79. Includes indoor heated pool. Late check-out
 available! See their newly renovated rooms at www.thebreakershotel.com
 Holiday Inn Express (Rehoboth Beach Rt 1 South) One night lodging, late checkout on Sunday, $59; Call
 302-227-4030 to make reservations.
                         Prizes & Awards
A special thank-you to all of our bears who have been so generous with their support
of this event and Special Olympics Delaware. Special recognition is bestowed upon
those bears who raise the most money… have the most friends and look their best
doing it…. Winners of the Pros-Bear-ity Award & 'Bunch of Bears' Award will
receive a unique piece of stained glass art - designed by Dragonfly Leathrum -
commemorative of this year's Plunge. Debonair Bear & Super Bowl Spirit Award
winners will receive a 5x7 framed photo of you and/or your group and some special
Polar Bear treats!
 Pros-Bear-ity Award - for the Bear who raises the most money
 Bunch of Bears Award - for the individual or group who recruits the most Bears
 Debonair Bear Award - for the best-dressed individual bear and group of bears
 Super Bowl Spirit Award - awarded to the NFL fan with the most spirit




                                         Souvenirs
        Souvenirs of the 2008 Plunge will be available at Registration and the Apres Plunge Party.


                                                                        $10
    Commemorative                                    Plush
        Mug                                  Stuffed Bears                         $12
         $5

              2008                                                               Knit Polar Ice Caps
           LEWES
            POLAR                                                       Lewes     and Headbands
             BEAR
           PLUNGE
                                                                        Polar
                                                                        Bear
                                                                        Plunge

                                                 Car Flags!
                                                   $15

               $5
            2008                                                                 Long Sleeve T-shirts
      Polar Bear Pins!                    Polar Bear Plunge                           $15 - $16
                                          Hats
         Great to wear
  on your sweatshirt or jacket!                           $15
                                                   C 1998 C.T. SPORTS
                                                              Plunge Tips

                                                                 Or…
                                                             how to make
                                                     this unbearable event a truly
                                                         enjoyable experience!


#1   Bring a robe… great for putting on while waiting to go in and great to slip into as you dry off.
#2   Keep your feet covered until the last possible moment.
#3   Bring extra towels or a blanket to stand on - remember… the sand is like ice!
#4   Wear layered, loose-fitting clothes… easier to get into when fingers are cold.
#5   Plunge with a friend… use the buddy system.
#6   No Diving! Or entering the water head first!

                    Special Thanks to Our
              Polar Bear Sponsors & Supporters
                            Wawa
                       Comcast Cable
                            Wilmington Trust
                  Dave Frederick & The Lewes Polar Bears
                       The River 92.9 & 94.7 WDSD
                            The Cape Gazette
                                Cool 101.3
                 Ruddertowne, BayCenter & Crabber’s Cove
                               WGMD 92.7
                 B & B Music                                      Rehoboth Beach
                Camera's Etc.                     Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce
                 C.T. Sports                             Rehoboth Beach Fire Department
     Delaware Department of Transportation                  Rehoboth Beach Lions Club
             Delaware State Police                      Rehoboth Beach Police Department
      Delaware State Police & their Divers                         Schagrin Gas
                Grotto’s Pizza                       Sussex County Emergency Response Team
            Lewes Fire Department                              Sussex Family YMCA
       Greg Mack & His Polar Bear Band                            Tanger Outlets
             Monagram’s Unlimited                            United States Coast Guard
                 Nicola Pizza                                   U of D Public Safety
                              Polar Bear Fun Facts!
   The Lewes Polar Bears, headed by Dave 'Da Bear' Frederick, have taken the plunge since 1982. They
plunge five times a year at Cape Henlopen State Park - on the first Sunday of the month from November
through March - except January, when they plunge on New Year's Day.


                                                                              The Lewes Polar Bears were
                                                                           approached by Special Olympics
                                                                           Delaware in 1991 - with the
                                                                           proposition of designating one of
                                                                           their plunges to benefit Special
                                                                           Olympics. The Bears agreed to
                                                                           February and the 1992 February
                                                                           Plunge was dedicated to Special
                                                                           Olympics Delaware.

                                                                              In 1992 - 78 people took the
                                                                           plunge at Cape Henlopen State
                                                                           Park and raised $7,000.




   In 1995 the weather turned frigid with 0° temperatures and winds gusting to wind chills of -25°! A total
of 339 bears braved those wicked winds!

   In 1996 a nor'easter blew in… dumping two feet of snow and effectively making roads and the park
impassable. For the first, and so far only time, the plunge was postponed to the first Sunday in March.

   In 1998 a second nor'easter blew in with its resulting damage making the park unusable!!! With two days
notice, the Plunge was re-located to Rehoboth Beach! Due to the growing size of the Plunge and in
deference to keeping our state park pristine - the Plunge was permanently relocated to Rehoboth in 1999.

    In 2007, 2,692 polar bears hit the waves… and raised a record contribution total of more than $520,000
for Special Olympics Delaware.

   In 16 years, the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics has raised $3.4M!!

   All staff members of Special Olympics Delaware are required to take the Plunge! And do so happily!

   There are 15 states that conduct a Polar Bear Plunge to benefit their state's Special Olympics program.
Delaware's Plunge remains one of the most successful!

   Money raised from the Plunge fuels SODE's growth. In the past five years we have tripled the number of
athletes who train and compete in our program - from 1,100 to 3,000 athletes! The number of competitions
has also increased from 9 events to 29 events in CY' 2007.
                                                          Nonprofit
                                                         Organization
                                                      US POSTAGE PAID
                                                         Newark, DE
                                                        Permit No. 415
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716-1901




               Lewes Polar Bear Plunge
                 Sunday, February 3rd
               1 p.m. at Rehoboth Beach
                         There is still time to get involved!
                           Details inside and on-line
                                 at www.sode.org

								
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