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Congratulations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Hill Country!

For 24 years, Mo-Ranch has hosted its Polar Bear Challenge charity event on New Year’s Day. Participating sliders raise funds for a non-profit by bravely sliding down a 35-foot-high, 116-foot-long water slide, straight into the icy waters of the Guadalupe River.

Mo-Ranch is proud to announce Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Hill Country as the 2018 Mo-Ranch Polar Bear Challenge recipient for its 25th anniversary! The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

“It’s always a difficult decision for our selection committee when choosing the beneficiary of this event with so many worthy non-profits located right here in our community,” said Dick Powell, president of Mo-Ranch. “Big Brothers Big Sisters has a long history of making a difference in children’s lives. They are a great match for us to partner with on this milestone event.”

“We are so humbled and honored to be the beneficiary of the 25th Annual Mo-Ranch Polar Bear Challenge,” said Zoe Van Dyke, BBBS director of external relations. “There are currently 15 Kerrville youth enrolled in our program who have yet to be matched with a mentor. Funds from the Polar Bear Challenge will help us to fulfill our mission and ensure matches for these children.”

Close to $250,000 has been raised for local non-profits from this event. Previous Polar Bear Challenge beneficiaries include Partners in Ministry, Christian Women’s Job Corps, Star Ranch, Hill Country CARES, Hill Country College Fund, Christian Assistance Ministry, Kid’s Advocacy Place, Habitat for Humanity, K-Star, BCFS Health and Human Services, Kerr County United Way, The Salvation Army of Kerrville and Kerr County Young Life.

Awards will be given to individual and team competitors who are the largest fundraisers. Additional awards will include the crowning of the Mo-Ranch Polar Bear King and Queen and event awards for the longest slider, biggest splash, slider farthest from home, oldest polar bear and best costume.

For more information on how to become a slider for the Mo-Ranch Polar Bear Challenge, contact Van Dyke at 257.2447. Event details and registration forms can be found on Mo-Ranch’s website by visiting

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