Polar Plungers wanted to jump in Olson Lake

NORMAL, Ill.—What do Carlson School Principal Randy Larson and Special Olympics athlete Barry Tillema have in common? They’re taking the inaugural Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge into Olson Lake March 5 to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Statewide, Six Flags Great America and its new Hurricane Harbor is Gold Medal Sponsor, and White Hen and Lincoln Financial Group are Bronze Medal sponsors.

Members of law enforcement and hearty souls of all ages will be plunging in 14 Illinois lakes including Olson Lake at Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, March 5 in this chilly “fun” raiser. Last year’s 12 Polar Plunges raised nearly $300,000. Honorary chairmen of the Rockford event are Andy Gannon and Aaron Wilson of 23 WIFR-TV.

All Polar Plungers are required to collect a minimum of $75 in donations. Every plunger receives an official Polar Plunge sweatshirt and lunch following the plunge. Incentive items for raising more money are offered, along with prizes for best costume and other categories, and four grand prizes including a Caribbean vacation. The after-plunge party will be held at Rock Cut State Park with lunch provided by the Winnebago County Pork Producers. Spectators and family members can buy lunch for $5.

Register for the Plunge on the Special Olympics Illinois Web site at www.soill.org, or by contacting Special Olympics Illinois Northwestern Area Director Debbie Kelly at 965-3795. Day-of-event registration begins at 11 a.m. The Plunge is at noon. Last-minute Plungers are welcome!

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