Monday, March 4, 2013
Hundreds of people joined police officers and student groups from Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Deerfield and Highland Park to take the Polar Plunge.
Why would someone get in a bathing suit in March and jump into near freezing Lake Michigan waters? That is exactly what hundreds of people from Lake Forest, Deerfield, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Bannockburn and beyond did Saturday at Lake Bluff’s Sunrise Beach and they had a good reason. Earlier: Polar Plunge Is a Day at the Lake Bluff Beach They were raising money to benefit the Special Olympics. Specifically, it was the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge which is why the first wave of divers included Lake Forest Police Chief Jim Held, Bannockburn Chief Ron Price and members of their departments. “I’ve done this for eight years,” Price said of the 15-year-old event. “We raised $2,000 for the Special Olympics from Bannockburn.” In …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Deerfield and Bannockburn police officers jump in Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics.
With the water temperature hovering just above freezing, hundreds of people including scores of police officers from Deerfield, Bannockburn and surrounding communities plunged into Lake Michigan Saturday at the Lake Bluff Beach for a good cause. For the last 15 years the Lake Bluff Police Department has organized the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics, according to Lake Bluff Police Officer Dave Thomas. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. “We raise between $90,000 and $100,000 each year,” Thomas said. “We get between 300 and 400 people each year.” This year the group included police officers from Lake …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Take part in the fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics Chicago.
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Wednesday, January 16
Calling all fearless weather warriors! Registration is now open for the 13th annual Chicago Polar Plunge, benefitting Special Olympics Chicago. The Chicago Polar Plunge, one of the largest fundraising events for Special Olympics Chicago, will take place Sunday, March 3 on Chicago’s icy lakefront at North Avenue Beach from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year, Special Olympics Chicago is aiming to make a “big splash” by surpassing all previous fundraising records for the Chicago Polar Plunge, and reaching the $1 million mark. Known for its festive costumes and courageous participants, last year’s event attracted more than 2,000 participants, and raised more than $650,000. Whether plungers want to go waist high or take the full plunge, the Chicago …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Deerfield police and fire departments battle during fundraiser at Whole Foods.
Deerfield’s police and fire departments were called into action Saturday for a charitable cause: a first-ever grill off challenge to benefit the Special Olympics. Whole Foods hosted the event, with competing grills staged in front of the store’s Deerfield Square location. The event raised about $700 during its two hours, said Cheri Endler, marketing specialist with Whole Foods. “The police department is going to show we’re the king of the barbeque,” said one officer who was manning the grill. His prediction proved accurate: participants were asked to rate the best burger, and the police department’s black and blue burger, featuring bleu cheese and French onion dip ingredients in the mix, edged by the fire department’s Mediterranean burger…
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Deerfield Police team up with Dunkin' Donuts to raise money for Special Olympics.
Like cats on a hot tin roof, Deerfield police officers were quick on their feet, working a unique beat Friday morning at Dunkin' Donuts on Lake Cook Road. Partnering with the early-morning hot spot, they were collecting donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Communications Director Mary Anne Glowacz said everyone who made a donation Friday received a free doughnut coupon. People making larger donations received commemorative commuter coffee mugs with free coffee Friday and one-dollar refills thereafter. As well, the department sold raffle tickets for a Harley Davidson motorcycle and four flat-screen televisions. "This is a really fun way to contribute," said Glowacz. "It gives us a police …
Monday, January 31, 2011
Deerfield plays host to annual basketball tournament.
Special Olympics athletes gathered Sunday at Deerfield High School to compete in a district basketball tournament and individual skills competition. The event, for high school athletes, was co-hosted by the Special Olympics Illinois-Northeastern Area 13, the DHS Varsity Club and the DHS Booster Club. About 180 student volunteers from DHS helped set up and run the event, according to John Campbell, physical education teacher and Varsity Club sponsor. The Deerfield High wrestling team, boys and girls basketball teams, cheer and pom squads volunteered as groups, while other students volunteered as individuals. He said the volunteering opportunity offers DHS athletes the chance to learn that their Special Olympics counterparts “have the same …