Polar Plungers will be freezin' for a reason on St. Patty's Day
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[January 20, 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 to
benefit Special Olympics Illinois, presented by GEICO.
The event has grown from one location in 1999 to 20 locations across
the state 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.
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 wetsuits!) 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 at
http://www.plungeillinois.com/ or by contacting
the Special Olympics Illinois staff at the end of the article.
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.
All plungers will receive gifts, compete for prizes, and enjoy
food and camaraderie with other chilly participants.
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The more money a plunger raises, the more chances he or she will
have to win a seven-night trip for two to Riu Negril in Negril,
Jamaica, courtesy of Riu Hotels and Resorts and Apple Vacations. The
trip includes round-trip airfare, transfers to and from resort, all
meals, drinks, and more. For every $500 a plunger raises, he or she
will get an entry into the drawing for this grand prize.
The Lincoln plunge is scheduled for March 17 at the Lincoln Lakes
beach. To get involved, you can contact Joanie Keyes at
Polar Plunges for Special Olympics Illinois
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