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This year’s Polar Bear Court raised over $50,000 for Hill Country Youth Ranch.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, the Polar Bear Court gathered in the Vista Room of the Comanche Trace Clubhouse, where the largest fundraising man and woman were crowned the Polar Bear king and queen.

Gregg Appel, CEO of Centennial Bank, was named this year’s king, raising $3,475.

Krystle Ramsay, current director operations and soon to be executive director of HCYR raised $5,010, making her the Polar Bear Queen.

“I have been afforded the opportunity to be part of the HCYR Family for 14 years,” Ramsay said. “I have loved every minute and would do anything in my power to ensure our ‘HCYR Littles’ have the life they were meant to have. Why am I doing this?  Because they are worth it.”

Other members of the Polar Bear Court are Sarah Baimbridge, Child Protective Services, Kerrville; Tim Campbell, HCYR; Letty Chacon, Starlight Recovery Center; Kevin Chipman, HCYR; John Florence, independent contractor; Howard Freeman, USA for International Care Ministries; Albert Hernandez, Brune & Cailloux Charter School; Cody Nichols, 94.3 Rev-FM; Ashley Phillips, HCYR and Jonah Priour, HCYR.

Total, court members raised $54,697.

“I am doing the Polar Bear Plunge to help raise money for the children,” Chacon said. “I consider HCYR my family. They have been a blessing in my life.”

On Jan. 1, the polar bear court will lead the way down a 35-foot-high, 116-foot-long slide into the Guadalupe River.

All the money raised from this 27th annual event will go to HCYR’s Children’s Fund, which helps pay for basic kid experiences like birthday parties, allowances and field trips.

There is still time to sign up for this event. There will be free food, hot drinks and warming tents for sliders and spectators alike.

Registration forms and other details can be found on the Mo-Ranch website online at

Join us on New Year’s Day and #beboldgetcold.

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