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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Do you have the guts? If so, take the plunge!

Registration is now open for the Chicago Polar Plunge, taking place Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the city’s North Avenue Beach. Fearless Chicago weather warriors are invited to plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Michigan, with proceeds benefiting SCC/Special Olympics Chicago.

Plungers can register for this year’s Chicago Polar Plunge by visiting www.sochicago.org. At that website, participants will have the opportunity to create their own fundraising page to jump-start their efforts. Registrants are asked to raise a minimum of $125. Participants are welcome to fundraise and plunge with a team or individually. Complimentary bus service will be provided for teams of 20 or more people.

The Chicago Polar Plunge has quickly become known as a “must attend” event in the city, with over 1700 people taking part last year. The fun kicks off at 10 am when plungers are invited to enter the icy waters of Lake Michigan. Plungers are invited to go waist high or to take the full plunge. Once the dive is concluded, all are invited to a “Melt Down Party” which will take place inside the North Avenue Beach boathouse and in expanded heated tents from 11am-2pm. Admission is free and participants will receive free food and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available.

“The Polar Plunge is the top fundraising event of the year for Special Olympics Chicago,” said James Sheahan, President of SCC/Special Olympics Chicago. “The day is a fun and inspirational event for those attending. But more importantly, the Chicago Polar Plunge helps to change the lives of over 5,000 Chicago-area Special Olympians, by providing much of the funding necessary to provide year-round activities, programs and events for our athletes. It is tremendously important event for Special Olympics Chicago and its athletes and families.”

This year’s Chicago Polar Plunge is generously supported by Commonwealth Edison, Microsoft Store, Potash Markets, Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants and Events, the Score 670AM and WXRT-FM.

For more information on the Chicago Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Chicago, please call 312.527.3743; or email scc@sochicago.org

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