334 Plungers Attended Carlyle's Annual Polar PlungeA total of $70,419 was raised at the 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at Carlyle Lake on Saturday. 334 plungers ran into the ice cold water. Each plunger raised at least $75 to be donated to Special Olympics Illinois Southwestern/Area 12. The money helps put on the Special Olympics events for the athletes with disabilities.
Area Director Peggy Knebel says a number of prizes were also awarded. "There are levels of prizes based on the money raised so for $75 a plunger gets a hooded sweat shirt. There's a $250 level, and that prize this year was a polar plunge beach towel. There's a $500 level, and that prize this year was a collapsible igloo cooler. There's a $1000 level, and that prize this year was a Columbia Jacket. There are Apple Vacations that are statewide so if you raised $500 you are entered for one drawing in the statewide drawings for the Apple Vacation which I believe this year was Cancun," said Knebel.
Plungers who received $500 or more in donations were entered in a drawing for prizes. They were given an extra incentive to attend and receive plenty of donations as there were prizes such as a 4-night trip to Cancun.
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