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"Awesome! This was really the extreme 2014 Polar Bear Plunge, and thanks to all those people who came out in spirit to participate and watch, support is appreciated," said Jeff Cline, Washington County Commissioner and supporter of the Humane Society.
BOONSBORO, Md. - Even with a civil lawsuit hanging over the Humane Society of Washington County, that didn't stop the organization from holding it's 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge.

You could hear the gasps and shrieks, people siking themselves out as they waited for the countdown to 12-noon on Saturday.

It was below freezing. The water was iced over at spots and around 20 degrees.

"Very, very cold. Very windy. The water froze on my legs when I got out," said Garry Ferguson of Harrisonville, Pa. who took the plunge.

Hundreds of other people took the plunge as well into the Greenbriar Lake on Saturday afternoon to support the Humane Society of Washington County, an organization that's recently come under fire after a former employee filed a civil lawsuit citing animal mistreatment and abuse, among other things.

But that didn't keep people away. Something officials said they're grateful for.

"Awesome! This was really the extreme 2014 Polar Bear Plunge, and thanks to all those people who came out in spirit to participate and watch, support is appreciated," said Jeff Cline, Washington County Commissioner and supporter of the Humane Society.

Cline jumped in to the water, and helped raise a ton of money for the event. All of the money raised goes directly to the Humane Society. And Heather Guessford, one of the Humane Society’s Board Members, raised the most money. Guessford went all the way under the water Saturday, and came out with frozen hair.

"This is my first time and I will never go completely under water again but, again, they told me not to so, I know now why, but I will definitely do it again, just maybe up to my waist only," Guessford said.

And the Maryland State Police will hold their own polar bear plunge on January, 25.
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