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334 Plungers Attended Carlyle's Annual Polar Plunge

By Christian Boyles, WJBD News

A 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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