9th Annual Penguin Plunge

March 24, 2012 • Benefiting Yampa Valley Medical Center Cancer Care

Call it Spring fever or mid-Winter madness – for the 9th year in a row many will gather to take the icy plunge into the pool at Catamount. Volunteers use chainsaws to cut through approximately three feet of ice to reveal the inviting water below. Fundraising “Penguins” – many in costumes dancing to their choice of music – will jump, cannon-ball, or be thrown into the chilly water and then rush to relief in the nearby hot tub! All of these fundraising Penguins are Freezin for a reason!! …and yes, our other fundraisers who are just too “Chicken” to jump into the freezing water are poolside cheering on their Penguin friends from the Coop.

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Kickoff Party

Details coming soon. Stay tuned!


There are plenty of ways to participate!

  • Penguin: A penguin is a participant that commits to raising $125 and jumping in the icy water on March 24th. Penguins are eligible for incentive prizes and awards based on the amount of money raised.
  • Chicken: A chicken is a participant that commits to raising $125, but there is no way they are jumping in that icy water! Chickens will have the opportunity to hang out in the poolside chicken coop. Chickens are eligible for incentive prizes and awards based on the amount of money raised.[
  • Register Online
  • Participant Information Packet
  • Sponsor the event
  • Donate to a participant
  • Donate to the event

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Event History

2011 – 2013Benefitting the Three Year Initiative for Cancer Care at YVMC. This year’s event is Saturday, March 24, 2012 • Noon at Catamount Pool

2010Benefitted the purchase of a new 256-slice CT scanner Three years of fundraising efforts involving hundreds of people have paid off for Yampa Valley Medical Center patients. The Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley raised $850,000 to help buy the scanner, which would otherwise not have been bought for another two years. The new scanner provides a lower radiation dose for all scans and performs cardiac exams that previously were not available in the region. YVMC cardiologist Dr. Will Baker said the new scanner is a valuable tool as the hospital continues to expand its cardiac services. “It has almost 100 percent accuracy for telling people you don’t have a heart problem,” said Baker, who predicted that the machine would be used for 15-20 heart scans each month.

2009Benefitted the purchase of digital mammography equipment Thanks to generous community support and funding from the 2009 Penguin Plunge, Yampa Valley Medical Center began providing digital mammography exams in October 2009. Mammography is recommended annually for women 40 and above to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. YVMC’s new state-of-the-art digital mammography system provides clear and precise all-digital images with a large field of view.

2008Monitoring equipment benefitting emergency and intensive care patients Proceeds from the 2008 Penguin Plunge supported Emergency and Intensive Care Services at Yampa Valley Medical Center and continue to help YVMC physicians and staff deliver the highest quality treatment to patients. The equipment monitors heart rate and rhythm, oxygen levels, breathing rates and blood pressure. The data can be stored for long periods so that “trends” can be established, is automatically sent to the patient’s medical record, and can be easily accessed to compare to previous visits. Physicians can also monitor patient data remotely in real time.

2007Benefitted the purchase of a state-of-the-art SonoSite ultrasound machineThis machine helps YVMC physicians treat emergency patients during the “golden hour,” when timing is critical. The SonoSite is a compact mobile ultrasound that enables staff to take the equipment to the patient, thus saving valuable time. It can be used to guide placement of intravenous lines, evaluate organs for injury from trauma, or determine if a patient needs surgery. The SonoSite provides for faster evaluation and treatment in life-threatening situations.

Photo Gallery

Enjoy some of the images from last year’s event, and get inspired to get even crazier this year!

Contact Us

Please contact us regarding volunteering or other questions about Penguin Plunge.

Visit our office in Sundance at Fishcreek:
Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley
385 Anglers Drive Suite B Steamboat Springs, CO 80488


Mailing Address:

Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley
Penguin Plunge PO Box 883415
Steamboat Springs, CO 80488


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