Polar plunging to raise funds for the Illinois Special Olympics

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- Saturday was the perfect day for more than 530 plungers to jump into the waters of Olson Lake for the 19th annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

The funds raised Saturday support the Special Olympics athletes of Illinois. Community members formed teams and came decked out in costumes. In the past 19 years, more than 66,000 plungers have raised more than $18.4 million. This is the events largest year yet.

"You have to raise $100, and then with the $100 you get a sweatshirt and the opportunity to plunge for Special Olympics. The more money you raise the more incentive prizes you can receive. It's a wonderful reason to be crazy, raise a lot of money for a good cause and be a little crazy," Debbie Kelly, the Regional Director for the region A Special Olympics.

23 News' Andy Gannon and Aaron Wilson made their way into the cold lake as well. This year’s goal is to raise $125,000. To donate to the Illinois Special Olympics you can go to www.soill.org.