Polar Plungers will be freezin' for a reason
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[February 25, 2012]
NORMAL -- It's not every day that
people are willing to "go jump in a lake" -- particularly in the
winter -- let alone do so with thousands of other people, including
members of the law enforcement community. But that's exactly what
will happen on various weekends in February and March as part of the
annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge presented by GEICO to
benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
The event has grown from
one location in 1999 to 20 locations across the state (see
list) this year. The Polar Plunge series will kick off with a
Super Plunge -- where participants raise a minimum of $2,500 and
plunge into Lake Michigan once an hour every hour for 24 hours -- on
Feb. 24-25 at Northwestern University's North Beach in Evanston.
The official date for the Lincoln Polar Plunge is March 17.
Any adventurous soul is invited to join law enforcement officers,
as well as media and business and civic leaders from their
community, by donning bathing suits, costumes or any clothing of
choice (just no wet suits!) to jump in a lake. Each plunger must
collect a minimum of $75 in donations that will be used to support
Special Olympics programs in Illinois.
Individuals and teams can register on the Special Olympics
Illinois website at
http://www.plungeillinois.com/ or by contacting the Special
Olympics Illinois staff listed below.
Plungers are encouraged to form teams to spread the fun. Each
team member must raise the minimum of $75 in donations, and all team
members' individual fundraising totals will be merged to form a
combined team total. Teams are placed into divisions based on size
and are awarded prizes for the most money raised.
The Lincoln Polar Plunge will take place at Lincoln Lakes at noon
on March 17. Participants are to meet at the Knights of Columbus
Hall to be bused to the private beach. After the plunge there will
be a party at the Knights of Columbus, including free food for the
plungers and an award and recognition ceremony for the participants.
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To learn more about the Lincoln event, contact Joanie Keyes at
click here, or visit the front page of Lincoln Daily News and
click on the Polar Bear button to reach the Polar Plunge website.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest
year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.
The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects
have two goals: to raise money and increase public awareness for the
athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. 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.
[Text from file received from
Joanie Keyes, area director for
Special Olympics; LDN]