Second Oxford Polar Dip raises $13K for Camp Sunshine families

The second Oxford Polar Dip attracted 52 hardy souls who braved the chilly Tred Avon River to raise more than $13,000 for families to attend Camp Sunshine. Among the dippers were, from left, Tom Bixler, Camp Sunshine executive director Mike Katz, Polar Dip organizer John Sutton and Del. Johnny Mautz.

OXFORD — A kick-off event for the 2018 Oxford Polar Dip will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26. The reception will begin at the Oxford Community Center and will transition over to Doc’s Sunset Grille where guest bartenders will be donating a portion of their tips to Camp Sunshine.

Enjoy a reception, including refreshments, appetizers and a silent auction while learning more about Camp Sunshine and the Oxford Polar Dip, which will be held at the Tred Avon Yacht Club on Sunday, Feb. 11.

“Each winter, we try to brainstorm creative ways to entice new individuals to unpack their bathing suits and join us for a quick dip into the river for a great cause,” said Oxford Polar Dip Event Founder, John Sutton. “We’re hoping that the addition of this kick-off reception will help us recruit some new participants while also helping to raise additional funds to help send local families to Camp Sunshine.”

While at Camp Sunshine, families experience the benefits of empathy and encouragement, recovery and recreation, as well as hope and inspiration. Camp Sunshine has earned Charity Navigator’s highest nonprofit rating for sound fiscal management and is accredited by the American Camp Association.

Tickets to the kick-off reception are $25 each and can be purchased online at

If you are interested in registering for the 2018 Oxford Polar Dip, please visit and click on the Oxford link.

Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness.

Camp Sunshine is one of the only programs in the nation offered year-round with the distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model.

The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness.

If you know a child with a life-threatening illness, please consider referring their family to Camp Sunshine. Family and volunteer applications are available online at

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