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(Oct. 24, 2019) Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly and Hill Country Youth Ranch (HCYR) — this year’s Polar Bear Plunge beneficiary — are pleased to announce the 2020 Polar Bear Court!

Court members are responsible for raising funds for HYCR, which gives abused and abandoned kids a safe place to grow up, go to school and learn how to become productive members of society.

In December, there will be a crowning ceremony for the Polar Bear Court. There, the man and woman who garnered the most donations will be crowned the 2020 Polar Bear King and Queen.

This year’s king’s court is made up of Gregg Appel, Centennial Bank; Tim Campbell, HCYR; Kevin Chipman, HCYR; Howard Freeman, USA for International Care Ministries; John Florence, independent contractor; Albert Hernandez, Brune & Cailloux Charter School; Cody Nichols, 94.3 Rev-FM; and Jonah Priour, HCYR.

Chipman, who is childhood friends with Priour, son of HCYR’s founder, Gary Priour, has been going to the ranch since he was a kid. He now works at HCYR full time as the maintenance foreman.

“I am dedicated to the children we serve and take pride in ensuring the safety and care of the homes and buildings that the children reside and use,” he said.

Members of the queen’s court are Sarah Baimbridge, Child Protective Services, Kerrville; Letty Chacon, Starlight Recovery Center; Ashley Phillips, HCYR; and Krystle Ramsay, HCYR.

For Baimbridge, taking the plunge into the frigid waters of the Guadalupe River was a no brainer.

“I love being involved with HCYR and involving my family in raising awareness of their program because of all the amazing work they do with foster youth,” she said.

Funds raised from this year’s plunge will go to HCYR’s Children’s Fund, which provides essential needs like housing, food, clothing and transportation and amenities like holiday celebrations, weekly allowances, birthdays, recreational activities and educational adventures.

The Polar Bear Plunge will take place at Mo-Ranch on Jan. 1.

Awards will be given to the individual who raised the most money, the team who raised the most money, biggest splash, longest ride, oldest polar bear, polar bear with the best costume and the polar bear furthest from home.

There is still time to register to slide for this great cause.

For more information on how to become a slider for the Mo-Ranch Polar Bear Plunge, contact Jenna Carpenter at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 224, or go to our website,

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