Campus News 2009

For Immediate Release
January 15, 2009

Man sledding in water

Polar Bear Challenge raises $25K for scholarships

Thirty-four folks from Schreiner University, the Kerrville area and Freeport, Texas, greeted the new year by plunging down a slide into the Guadalupe River on Jan. 1, as part of the annual Polar Bear Challenge. This year’s Polar Bears raised $25,000 for Schreiner’s Hill Country College Fund.

Every year, the Polar Bear Challenge, hosted by the Mo-Ranch Conference Center, benefits a different local charity. For both 2008 and 2009, the recipient was HCCF, which provides need-based tuition grants to Schreiner students from Kerr, Gillespie, Bandera, Kendall, Kimble Edwards and Real counties.
This year’s polar bears took the plunge into water that was 10 degrees warmer than last year’s 42 degrees, and the weather was in the mid-50s and sunny.

Paco Espinoza raised the most money, $8,000. Grant Schlunegger had the longest slide at 49 feet and 7-year-old Grant Schlunegger was the youngest Polar Bear.

“Schreiner is so grateful to Mo-Ranch for allowing us to benefit from this great annual event for the second year in a row,” Mark Tuschak, Schreiner’s vice president for advancement and public affairs said. “My hat’s off to all the sliders, who are better persons than I to expose themselves to such frigid conditions to benefit Hill Country students who attend Schreiner.”

For more information about Schreiner’s Hill Country College Fund please contact, Lucy Gould, associate director of annual giving, at 830-792-7205 or

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