Polar Plungers to jump into Lincoln Lakes on Saturday, March 18
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[March 02, 2017]   LINCOLN - Be a fan of brrr-avery! Support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into the waters of Lincoln Lakes on Saturday, March 18 for the Lincoln Polar Plunge. The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge® will benefit Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities in the counties of Christian, Logan, Macon and Moultrie.

All Polar Plungers are required to collect a minimum of $100 in donations. Check-in begins at 10:00 a.m.

People are encouraged to come in costume and to form teams. Each team member must also raise the minimum of $100 in donations; 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 with grand prizes, including a seven night trip for two adults to Riu Palace Peninsula in Cancun, Mexico. For every $500 a plunger raises, he/she will get an entry into the drawing for this grand prize.

This is the 18th year of the LETR Polar Plunge. In 2016, nearly $1.9 million was raised by 6,480 plungers. In 18 years, $16.4 million has been raised by more than 60,000 plungers.

Plungers will meet at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 217 Limit St., Lincoln, IL.

Plungers can register for the Plunge at www.plungeillinois.com or by contacting Joanie Keyes at 217-428-9255. Last-minute Plungers are welcome to register on site the morning of the Plunge.

Statewide Presenting Polar Plunge Sponsor: GEICO

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Lincoln Plunge Sponsors include: Lincoln Daily News, Logan County EMA, Knights of Columbus, Banner Times, 89X, LCTV, Carlton Holdings, ME Realty, WLCN-Lincoln Country 96.3 and FIx 96.3.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fund-raising vehicle 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 more than 170 countries with 4.7 million athletes.

[Joanie Keyes
Area Director
Special Olympics Illinois
Central Area 10]

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