Nearly 300 participants turned out yesterday for the 13th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge.
Plunger’s dove into Galesburg’s Lake Storey in support of fundraising for Western Area 4 Special Olympics Illinois.
Polar Plunge Event Coordinator Cathy Betar says participants are still raising money…and will be up until April 30th..the last day that donations will be accepted for the Galesburg event.
Currently Betar says the event has raised over $53,000..just $8,000 shy of the overall goal.
Betar tells WGIL that a follow up event in particular should keep funds coming in.
“Buffalo Wild Wings has offered up for us to come out on Wednesday, to do a little charity night,” says Betar. ” “We’re going to have some silent auction items, as well as they are going to donate ten percent of the proceeds to our plunge, so that should help us get even closer to our goal. We’re really excited about that.”
Funds from the Galesburg plunge and donations collected from the post-plunge events will be combined with a similar plunge that will take place in a couple weeks in Rock Island Illinois.
Betar says that she was happy with the results of Saturday. She says she didn’t know if participants would show up due to weather. She says overall the event went according to plan.