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December 18, 2018

11/23/2018 12:28:00 PM
Save the date for Penguin Plunge at Back-to-Hack Jan. 19

With the recent cold weather our thoughts turn to having fun on the ice and snow. In Hackensack that means Back-to-Hack weekend and the 10th Annual Penguin Plunge on January 19, 2019.

In 2019, the Penguin Plunge event will see some changes. This event now supports the Hackensack Area Fire & Rescue Department and Faith in Action for Cass County. We'd like to make a challenge to all Fire & Rescue teams and to friends of Faith in Action throughout Minnesota to get your teams together. Teams are encouraged to set a goal to raise money either to jump, OR NOT to jump into the icy waters of Birch Lake just off the city park in Hackensack.

Also new this year will be online registration and donations. The site will be up and running in early December and can be found at the Faith in Action website: Penguin Plunge participants will receive a goody bag and discounts on food and drinks at the after-party at Birchwood Char House, and knowing that you support programs that are vital to many living in the Hackensack Area.

Things that won't change in 2019 include the Penguin and the Polar Bear on stage announcing the Jumpers, the cold water (yes - it's cold), many helpful volunteers, and lots of activities including snow sculpting, bonfires, ice fishing, and great warm food at local restaurants.

The Hackensack Area Fire & Rescue Department serves the residents of Hackensack and 8 surrounding townships. With 100 years of Fire-fighting and over 40 years of First Response history, they complete extensive training and continuing education to keep abreast of the newest technology, equipment and procedures to help save lives and property. Having a team of well-trained, dedicated volunteer firefighters and emergency responders who also are equipped with the latest fire and rescue gear costs money, and you can help them out by registering or supporting a Team for the Penguin Plunge.

Faith in Action for Cass County connects community volunteers with people in need to provide transportation to medical appointments, shopping and errands, homemaking and chores, meal delivery, caregiver respite, basic home repair and home modification including building ramps. Volunteers help people of all ages and there are no fees. Providing volunteers with coordination and support, including liability insurance, training, communications, and mileage reimbursement, as well as maintaining a wheelchair accessible van, also costs money, and your Team at the Penguin Plunge can make a huge difference in someone's life who is struggling to remain in their home and community.

So save the date for the Penguin Plunge - January 19, 2019 - register to Jump, form a Team, donate to support someone who is jumping OR NOT jumping!! And come to Back-to-Hack to see all the fun. By being there, you will help these organizations continue to be "The best that they can be."

Bill Hansen Realty

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