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Walk the Plank on Saturday

If you go

What: 13th annual Polar Pig "Walk The Plank" for Jamestown Regional Medical Center's Home Health & Hospice

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2

Where: Stutsman Harley-Davidson, 2501 3rd Ave. SW, Jamestown

Details: Silent and live auctions, 10 a.m.; ABATE Chili Cookoff, 10:30 a.m.; Walk The Plank, noon

Contact: Don Wegner, 320-7866.


Organizers of the 13th annual Polar Pig "Walk The Plank" said they are optimistic about turnout with the Saturday weather forecast showing a reprieve from the subzero weather.

The National Weather Service in Bismarck is predicting a partly sunny sky with a high temperature of around 22 degrees, and east winds of 7 to 9 mph for the event. The annual event organized by Jamestown Harley Owners Group and North Dakota chapter of American Bikers Aiming Toward Education has raised more than $180,000 for Jamestown Regional Medical Center's Home Health & Hospice.

John Siefert, general manager of Stutsman Harley-Davidson, said the dealership hosts the annual event as a way of giving back to the community and to a great cause.

"We've had phenomenal turnout with this ongoing event and we hope to again this year this year," Siefert said. "You couldn't give to a better cause or a better nonprofit organization."

JRMC Hospice supports more than 100 patients and their families annually and the funds help to deliver consistent compassionate care during difficult times, Lisa Jackson, director of the JRMC Foundation. JRMC Home Health & Hospice has its own Polar Pig Splash team in the event.

Individuals and teams of friends, families and co-workers raise $100 each to jump off a makeshift pirate ship deck into a heated pool of water outside Stutsman Harley-Davidson. There is a warm changing room nearby to dry off and get into dry clothing.

For a $5 hospice donation guests can sample cups of chili and rank them. The top three winners get plaques and winners in the District 8 ABATE Polar Pig Splash Chili Cook Off. A silent and a live auction are also part of the event.