Pledges top $91,700 as volunteers will plunge Saturday

WE CAN'T GUARANTEE you'll see Braidwood firefighters strip down to their shorts this Saturday when the Polar Plunge will take place at the Braidwood Recreation Club to benefit Special Olympics of Illinois, but we can guarantee there will be laughs as teams take the plunge into the lake.
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As of Monday, Polar Plunge pledges reached nearly $91,700, far exceeding the $80,000 goal.
Fundraising for this year’s Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois, will be held Saturday, March 9 at Braidwood Recreation Club.
It's not too late to sign up to join the freezing fun. Registration is FREE You must raise a minimum of $100 to earn the Polar Plunge Sweatshirt and to take the PLUNGE! To register or for additional information, visit
At press time, there were 33 teams and approximately 350 individuals who have cumulatively raised $91,700.
As of March 4, top teams in the area raised:
• KSD140 (Freezin' for a reason!): $21,411.
• Will County Sheriff’s office: $10,231.
• Morris Police Department: $5,100.
Among local teams are the Korner Keg/Main Street Pizza, VFW Frostys, The Wilmington Outsiders, the Wilmmington Police Department, ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery, Top Fuel Saloon, Coal City Schools, Rt. 66 Old School Brewing, Dynamic Fitness and more.
Supporting the Special Olympic Illinois athletes provides life-changing programming, including year-round training and competition, as well as leadership, personal development, and health education opportunities.
In our district, 2,812 athletes have been served. A total of 23,316 have been served in the state of Illinois.
Braidwood Recreation Club, off of Rte. 53 on (just north of McDonald’s) in Braidwood.