Polar Plungers wanted to jump into Olson Lake March 3

Staff Report

Be a fan of brrr-avery! Support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into the waters of Olson Lake at noon, Saturday, March 3. Funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will benefit 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. with the plunge at noon. 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 website at www.soill.org.

People are encouraged to attend in costume and to form teams. Each team member must also raise a minimum of $75 in donations; all team members’ individual fund-raising 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. Incentive items are also offered for raising more money with grand prizes including a seven-night trip for two to Riu Negril in Negril, Jamaica, courtesy of Riu Hotels and Resorts and Apple Vacations. Trip includes roundtrip airfare, transfers to and from resort, all meals, drinks and more. 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 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 vehicle 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 more than 170 countries with 3.5 million athletes.

From the Feb. 29-March 6, 2012, issue

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