Brave souls take a dip in Valley-Wide’s first Polar Plunge for charity

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Miss Teen Inland Empire, gown and all, takes the cold plunge into the Valley-Wide Aquatic Center pool to help local charities, including the Valley Queens at the Polar Plunge. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District’s first Polar Plunge for charity brought more than 100 brave Hemet San Jacinto Valley residents to take a dip in the 51-degree Diamond Valley Aquatic Park pool Saturday, Jan. 11. “This is something we had thought about for several years,” Dean Wetter, general manager of Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District, said. “And it’s finally here for charity.” Coming out to jump into the cold pool were many children and adults, along with officers and members of the charities benefiting from the event. The event was free, but donations were accepted for the charities including the Friends of Valley-Wide, Living Free, THE Center, Valley Community Pantry, Valley Resource Center, Historic Hemet Theater and Valley Queens. [gallery td_selec
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