Polar Plungers wanted to jump into Olson Lake March 6

March 3, 2010

From press release

DIXON, Ill.—Be a fan of brrr-avery! More Polar Plungers are wanted for the March 6 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge into Olson Lake at noon at Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, to support Special Olympics Illinois Northwestern/Area 1, which serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in nine counties.

All Polar Plungers are required to collect a minimum of $75 in donations. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. 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 fund-raising totals will be merged to form a combined team total. Teams are placed into divisions based on size and are awarded prizes for the most money raised. Every Plunger receives an official Polar Plunge sweatshirt. There are also incentive items for raising more money and three grand prizes including a Mexico vacation package from Apple Vacations. Lunch will follow the plunge at Rock Cut State Park. Lunch is free for Plungers and $5 for non-Plungers. See complete directions on the Special Olympics Illinois Web site: www.soill.org.

Plungers can register for the Plunge at www.plungeillinois.com and also create their own fund-raising page, or they can register by contacting Debbie Kelly at (815) 288-2939. Last-minute Plungers are welcome to register the morning of the plunge.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fund-raising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. This intrastate relay and its various fund-raising 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, Ill., 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 180 countries with 3.1 million athletes.

From the Mar. 3-9, 2010 issue

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