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Polar Bear Jump, Harvest for Hunger fundraisers to benefit Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

February 20, 2019

Polar Bear Jump, Harvest for Hunger fundraisers to benefit Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

AKRON, Ohio – The Portage Lakes Polar Bear Club will host a Feb. 23 Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

The 16th annual jump will be at the Portage Lakes State Park swim beach, 5031 Manchester Road.

Registration begins at noon, and the first jump flight is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Foodbank CEO Dan Flowers will be the first person to take the plunge.

Participants need to raise at least $30 to jump, and those who raise $100 will receive a T-shirt. Participants who don’t want to jump can register as a chicken, and the Chilly Chicken mascot will jump on their behalf.

Employees from FirstEnergy, Kisling, Nestico & Redick and Ayers Insurance are participating in the event, which aims to raise $150,000 for the food bank.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the food bank will kick off its annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign with a breakfast at the John S. Knight Center. The campaign, which the food bank participates in with three other Ohio food banks, aims to fight hunger across 21 counties.

Breakfast attendees will learn more about the campaign and how to get involved. Campaign co-chairs are Cleveland Clinic Akron General President Dr. Brian Harte and Day Ketterer Managing Partner Robert Roland. ESPN radio host Jerod Cherry will emcee the event.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Tickets start at $25 per person and can be purchased via the Harvest for Hunger website.

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