LAKE BLUFF – Be a fan of brrr-avery! Support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into the waters of Lake Bluff at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Far West Suburban/Area 2, which serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties.
All Polar Plungers are required to collect a minimum of $75 in donations. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. at the Lake Bluff Park District building at 355 W. Washington St. Plungers will be bused to the beach and back. An after-Plunge party will be held at the Lake Bluff Park District. Lunch is free for Plungers and $10 for non-Plungers. A pre-registration event will be from 4-7 p.m. Mar. 4 at Whole Foods in Deerfield. See directions to the Plunge location on the Special Olympics Illinois website: www.soill.org.
People are encouraged to come in costume and to form teams. Each team member must also raise the minimum of $75 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 Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. For every $500 a plunger raises, he/she will get an entry into the drawing for this grand prize.
Plungers can register for the Plunge at www.plungeillinois.com and also create their own fundraising page, or they can register by contacting Sandy Hutchins at Special Olympics Illinois/Area 2 at 630-247-9510. Last-minute Plungers are welcome to register on site the morning of the plunge.
- Statewide Presenting Polar Plunge Sponsor: GEICO
- Lake Bluff Polar Plunge Sponsors:, Daily Herald, Durham School Services, Whole Foods Deerfield, WXLC, Northshore University Healthcare (Hot Chocolate Bus), Starbucks, Comcast SportsNet, Coca-Cola and Skinny Pop.
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 million athletes.