Well-chilled Lincoln Lakes excites
2017 Polar Plungers
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[March 23, 2017]
- On Saturday, a number of volunteers and divers gathered for the
Annual Polar Plunge at Lincoln Lakes, which is to raise money for
the Special Olympics. There were many volunteers working with the
Plunge this year as 115 brave people jumped into frigid 47 degree
Before people took the plunge, John Malone said a few words about
the plunge and the money it raises for Special Olympics. Many
community sponsors and donations raised by all the participants make
the event possible.
Then Leslie Bennett sang the National Anthem.
The plungers ran into the waters as they were announced team by
team. Much screaming and laughter erupted from the participants as
they hit the cold water, which was then followed by crowd cheers as
they exited the water.
Team members dressed in various creative and interesting costumes,
which adds to the fun of the event. Elsa from Frozen won a best
costume award. As everyone knows, the cold doesn't bother her
Following their plunge, participants returned to the Knights of
Columbus for a warm lunch and awards.
After the plunge, all the teams returned to the Knights of Columbus
for a lunch and awards celebration.
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Joanie Keyes, Illinois District 10 Special Olympics director announced award
winners. Awards were given for the most money raised by teams and individuals,
best costume for both teams and individuals, oldest plunger, spirit award, and
Team Lexie, which has been plunging for several years, took home awards for
having the best team costumes, most plungers on the team, most money raised by a
team. Their 34 team members raised $6,488.
Cold and breezy weather does not deter the many who raise several thousand
dollars a year for Special Olympics.