Sponsors of the Polar Bear Plunge

The Lewes Polar Bear Plunge would not be possible without an outpouring of support from businesses and organizations, not just locally, but statewide.

Joining our presenting sponsor Wawa are our event sponsors -- Atlantic Sands Hotel, Cape Gazette, Delmarva Broadcasting Company, Jack Lingo Realtor, and the Lewes Polar Bears.

For more information on how to become a sponsor please contact Ann Grunert, executive director, at agrunert@udel.edu or 302-831-3480.


In addition to their financial sponsorship, Wawa encourages customers to support the plunge in all Delaware stores throughout the month of January, either by making a financial contribution in a countertop money box, or by handing out registration forms to potential Bears.

Atlantic Sands Hotel

The Atlantic Sands Hotel is the official Lewes Polar Bear Plunge Headquarters. In addition to providing Bears with special discounted rates and hosting the Plunge registration area on Friday and Saturday, the hotel enables the organization to have a "hub" for the entire weekend, helping ensure a smooth and successful Plunge Festival for everyone involved.

Cape Gazette

The beach area's largest newspaper has been a supporter of the Polar Bear Plunge from the beginning. From pre-plunge announcements up through the post-plunge multi-page pictorials and articles, the Cape Gazette is a key ingredient to making sure Bears and their supporters know everything that is happening before and during the Plunge Festival.

Delaware Law Enforcement

Members of Delaware law enforcement community are integral in the organization and execution of the Run to the Plunge. In addition, they are instrumental in providing personnel to ensure the safety of everyone attending the Plunge Weekend Festival.

Delmarva Broadcasting Company 

Delmarva Broadcasting Company supports the Plunge during the months leading up to the event by broadcasting PSAs and live interviews on its stations located throughout Delaware and on the Eastern Shore. Several radio stations will broadcast live from the boardwalk during the weekend's festivities and DBC stations take part in Saturday's activities at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.

Irv & Phyllis Levin

For almost two decades, Irv and Phyllis Levin have generously matched, dollar for dollar, monies donated to Irv's plunge. 

Jack Lingo Realtor

Jack Lingo Realtor sponsors the 5k Run to the Plunge that takes place exactly 24 hours before the actual Plunge. Jack Lingo Realtor is a longtime supporter of Special Olympics Delaware, previously sponsoring the DSTA Golf Classic.

Lewes Polar Bears

It was back in 1992 that the Lewes Polar Bear Club, led by Dave "Da Bear" Frederick, dedicated its February plunge to benefit Special Olympics Delaware. Since that year, the Plunge has grown every single year, with many of the original Bears still taking the annual dip.

WBOC-TV/Fox 21

Longtime supporters of Special Olympics Delaware, WBOC and Fox 21 now create, produce and air the television commercial leading up to the Polar Bear Plunge. This exposure helps spread the word about the event throughout the Delmarva region, which in turn, increases the number of participants and supporters at the Weekend Festival.