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(November 18, 2019)

Mo-Ranch and Hill Country Youth Ranch (HCYR) — this year’s Mo-Ranch Polar Bear Plunge beneficiary — invite you to celebrate the brave men and women who will be taking the plunge on Jan. 1 into the chilly waters of the Guadalupe River — all to raise funds on behalf of HCYR!

The 2020 Polar Bear Court, as well as all Polar Bear Plunge sliders, are raising money for HCYR’s Children’s Fund, which makes sure basic needs like housing, food and transportation — and amenities like weekly allowances, birthday celebrations and educational adventures — are covered.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Comanche Trace, the community will gather to cheer on members of the Polar Bear Court and watch as the Polar Bear King and Queen are crowned. The crowning ceremony is free to attend, and refreshments will be available. We invite you to join us!

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

“I have been aware of the great work of HCYR for many years and enjoyed participating in their Headwaters of the Frio 10K run this year,” Appel said. “I decided to come out of retirement from the Polar Bear (after making several plunges in years’ past) because of the respect and admiration I have for the Youth Ranch and their important work.”

This year’s queens court is made up of Sarah Baimbridge, Child Protective Services, Kerrville; Letty Chacon, HCYR; Ashley Phillips, HCYR and Krystle Ramsay, HCYR.

“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!”

There is still time to donate or register to be a slider for the Polar Bear Plunge. For more information, go the Mo-Ranch website online at


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