All Polar Plungers 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.
Lunch at the Knights of Columbus Hall will follow the plunge. Lunch
is free for plungers and $6 for non-plungers and $3 for children 12
and under. See complete directions on the Special Olympics Illinois
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 to form a
combined team total. Statewide, teams are placed into divisions
based on size and are awarded prizes for the most money raised.
Each plunger receives an official Polar Plunge sweatshirt. There
are also incentive items for raising more money. One of the grand
prizes is 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 the resort,
all meals, drinks, and more. For every $500 a plunger raises, he or
she will get an entry into the drawing for this prize.
Plungers can register online 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.
Statewide presenting Polar Plunge sponsor: GEICO
Lincoln Polar Plunge sponsors: Banner Times, Lincoln Courier, Comcast
SportsNet, WLCN 96.3, Lincoln Daily News, Wal-Mart, Logan County
Emergency Management Agency, West Lincoln-Broadwell School, Carlton
Holdings and the Knights of Columbus
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The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest
year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.
The 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 more than 170
countries with 3.5 million athletes.
[Text from file received from
Special Olympics Illinois]