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21 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge still open for volunteers
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[March 04, 2009]
Be a fan of brrr-avery! More
participants are wanted for the March 21 Law Enforcement Torch Run
Polar Plunge into Lincoln Lakes, at noon at the private beach, to
support Special Olympics Illinois Central -- Area 10, serving
Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities in six
counties. The March 7 plunge at Lake Decatur also supports the Area
All participants are required to collect a minimum of $75 in
donations. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus
Hall in Lincoln. Plungers will be bused to and from the beach site.
People are encouraged to come in costume and to form teams. Each
team member must raise the minimum of $75 in donations, and all team
members' individual fundraising totals will be merged for a team
total. Teams are placed into divisions based on size and are awarded
prizes for the most money raised. Every participant receives an
official Polar Plunge sweatshirt. There are also incentive items for
raising additional money, and there are three grand prizes,
including a Mexico vacation package from Apple Vacations. Lunch at
the Knights of Columbus Hall will follow the plunge. Lunch is free
for plungers and $6 for non-plungers. See directions and information
Volunteers can register for the Polar Plunge at
and also create their own fundraising page, or they can register by
contacting Joanie Keyes at 217-428-9255. Last-minute participants
are welcome to register the morning of the plunge.
Groups participating are under the names of Wal-Mart Sparks Team, Lincoln School
Board, Roger Matson, Lora Fanning, Samantha Fanning and Ryan Curry.
On the Lincoln Lakes Plunge Committee are Jim Comerford; Dan
Fulscher of IPEM; Patti Storer; Roger Matson of Action Rentals;
Bailey Climer of Lincoln-Broadwell School District; Sally Fleshman,
president of Lincoln Lakes Condo Association; Dick Logan of Knights
of Columbus; and Ryan Curry, head coach for Lincoln Park District
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Lincoln Lake Polar Plunge sponsors are Lincoln Daily News.com,
Lincoln Courier, WAND-TV, WLCN, local access Channel 5, Comcast
Spotlight and Banner Times.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest
year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.
This intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two
goals: to raise money and increase public awareness for the athletes
of Special Olympics. Each year, more than 3,000 officers in Illinois
run more than 1,500 miles carrying the "Flame of Hope" through the
streets of their hometowns and deliver it to the state Summer Games
in Normal in June.
Special Olympics Illinois is a year-round program of sports
training and competition for children and adults with intellectual
disabilities. Special Olympics programs are now in 180 countries
with 3 million athletes.
[Text from file received from
Special Olympics Illinois]