Polar Plungers across Illinois will be freezin' for a reason Feb.
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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.
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.
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 every hour for 24 hours -- on
Feb. 22-23 at Northwestern University's North Beach in Evanston.
The Logan County plunge will take place on Sunday, March 17, at 2
p.m. at Lincoln Lakes. Please note this is a change in both day of the
week and time. Anyone wishing to know more about the local plunge
can click on the "Polar
Plunge" button on the Top Stories page of LDN or contact Joanie
Keyes of Special Olympics Illinois at 217-428-9255.
Individuals and teams can register for the plunge on the Special
Olympics Illinois website at
http://www.plungeillinois.com/ or by contacting Keyes at the
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.
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All plungers will receive gifts, compete for prizes, and enjoy
food and camaraderie with other chilly participants. The more money
a plunger raises, the more chances he or she will have to win a
four-night trip for two adults to Cancun, Mexico, with
accommodations at Riu Peninsula, courtesy of Apple Vacations. For
every $500 a plunger raises, he or she will get an entry into the
drawing for this grand prize.
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
Special Olympics Illinois]