Lake Carolina Starts New Year With Charitable Polar Bear Plunge

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Columbia’s master-planned community will be raising money for local charities with their first event of 2016.

Lake Carolina Development will kick off the new year with the first of three annual fundraising events. Proceeds will go towards the Children’s Charities of the Midlands, a nonprofit organization that strives to improve the health, welfare and education for South Carolina’s youth. The development’s 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at noon on Jan. 9 at the property’s Sunset Park location. Each year, an estimated 200 “polar bears’’ raise money and participate in this event to show their support of the greater community.

Last year, the event raised over $6,000 including a donation made by a participating team deemed The Chippenwhales. “We love the community we live in and certainly feel blessed to have landed here,” says team leader and Lake Carolina resident Gary Matthews, who collected $2,500 prior to the plunge. Community Event Director Julia Burley says it is not uncommon for participants to come together and form a team for the big day. “Each year The Chippenwhales host a brunch before the plunge and raise a ton of money,” says Burley. “It’s stories like this that show how much people care and how successful these events can be.”

The Polar Bear Plunge will be open to the public and will include hot chocolate, coffee and pizza for participants and supporters. Following the plunge, attendees can stick around for awards that include 'Oldest Polar Bear,' 'Youngest Polar Bear,' 'Best Team,' and more. To register or view the upcoming calendar of Lake Carolina’s 2016 events, visit their Facebook page at

About Lake Carolina Development

Lake Carolina, situated on 1850-acres in Columbia, S.C., has been named Community of the Year for a decade, and offers one of the best master-planned communities in the area. The community holds a 200-acre freshwater lake for fishing, sailing, boating and waterskiing, 30+ miles of walking trails, a Town Center for shopping and dining, Columbia's newest YMCA, Richland 2 schools, and 20+ community events each year. Lake Carolina offers homes for sale from the mid $140’s to $700's and homesites from $40,000's to high $200's.

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