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In Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day

March 12

 

LAKE FOREST, IL (MARCH 12, 2017) – The public is invited to don their ‘green’ in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and get ‘chilly for charity’ as they jump into Lake Michigan at the North Shore’s inaugural Shamrock Shivers Polar Plunge on Sunday March 12th at 1pm. As the first and only organized polar plunge off the shores of Forest Park Beach in Lake Forest, IL (801 N. Lake Road), the family-friendly event will benefit Lake County Cares as they celebrate 50 years connecting caring residents with service opportunities at over 200 Lake County non profit organizations.

 

“We want to have some fun and hope that everyone comes out dressed in their St Patrick’s Day attire,” says Pam Gracyalny, Executive Director of Lake County Cares. “Events like this offer a great platform for Lake County Cares and participants to mix and mingle while also raising some ‘green’ to enable us to do more good throughout Lake County.”

 

Participants will be ‘freezin’ for a reason,’ celebrating local area nonprofits as they take a quick dip into the icy waters of Lake Michigan.  Everyone can warm up afterward at the Post Plunge Party in the Forest Park Beach Pavilion and enjoy a hot cocoa bar, coffee from Reprise Coffee Roaster, pizza from Donati’s, hot dogs from The Left Bank, mini sandwiches from Jewel-Osco, and live music by Matt Feddermann.

 

Lake County Cares hopes to raise $20,000 at this inaugural event that will help the organization with their mission of local impact through innovative programming, partnerships with area nonprofits, and driving personal involvement throughout Lake County communities.

 

Be a part of the ‘coolest’ event of the season. Special awards will be given for best individual and group costumes and top fundraisers. Register individually or as part of a team (Student $25, Individual $35, Family $95).  All ages are welcome. Click HERE (tinyurl.com/lccss) for early registration and to start fundraising.  On site registration and check in begins at 12:30.  Don’t feel like taking the plunge? Register to volunteer HERE.

 

Paramedics and rescue staff will be onsite throughout the event.  “We are grateful to the City of Lake Forest, its Parks and Recreation Department and the Lake Forest Police and Fire Departments for working with us to make this inaugural event safe for all,” states Gracyalny.

 

For more information please contact Lake County Cares at (847) 234-8876, info@lakecountycares.org.

ABOUT LAKE COUNTY CARES:

Lake County Cares is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on local impact in Lake County, Illinois.  Founded in 1967, Lake County Cares is celebrating its 50th year servicing over 200 nonprofit organizations in Lake County, Illinois.  LCC identifies unmet needs in Lake County and creates outreach programs to meet those needs.  LCC partners with area nonprofit organizations and assists them in capacity building through volunteer resources.  Since its beginning 50 years ago, Lake County Cares has engaged more than 500,000 volunteers through monthly programs, corporate programming, and annual community events.  LCC empowers people to lead and transform our community for good by offering a platform for collaboration, civic engagement, and involvement to help our neighbors in need.  LCC is funded entirely by individual, family foundation and corporate support

 

Lake County Cares is located at 400 E Illinois Rd, in the Gorton Center, Lake Forest, Illinois, 60045, (847) 234-8876, info@lakecountycares.org, www.lakecountycares.org.