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.
See other LocalNews news:Centralia Mayor Takes Aim at Drug Problem
KC Honors Foundation with Resolution, Slew of Events
Centralia Relay for Life Kicks Off, Sets Goal
Effingham Doctor Convicted of Illegal Oxycodone Distribution
State Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Cut Officeholders' Pay