Woodstock, VT, November 25, 2019 – The Ottauquechee Health Foundation (OHF) welcomed over one hundred supporters to their inaugural Polar Plunge on Saturday, November 9th. The event, held as one of OHF’s two annual fundraisers, raised over $5000 for the organization – but more importantly – brought the community together for a fun filled day of multi-generational participation.
Fifty-one plungers took to the beach of the Kedron Valley Inn’s Pond dressed in costumes ranging from bunnies, to fish to convicts and chickens. Over fifty spectators cheered them on as the ran into the chilly waters.
“The diversity of the event was evident, and we are so touched by the support we received.” Said Tayo Kirchhof, OHF’s Executive Director. “It was such a fun atmosphere…we will surely plan to do it again next year!”
This was the second fundraiser for the organization this calendar year. In August, OHF hosted a farm-to-table benefit dinner at Cloudland Farm in Pomfret. Again, that event raised over $5,500 for the organization.
Donations support OHF’s Good Neighbor Grant and Homecare Programs, helping those with limited financial resources to access health and wellness services they may not otherwise receive, yet very much need, including medical care, dental care and dentures, hearing aids, eyeglasses, mental health counseling, and homecare support.
“The success of these fundraisers shows us how committed our communities are to helping others through difficult times.” Said Kirchhof. “OHF is a unique entity in the state, and we are so grateful to everyone that continues to support our important mission.”
From all the staff and Trustees of the OHF, they would like to share their heartfelt thanks to all of those that have participated in their events or supported the organization in other ways this year and in the past. Without this support, the good work they do would not be possible.