2021 Polar Plunge Accepting Donors Through March 28, 2021.
While the pandemic has hurt fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics, the annual Polar Plunge is still going on, but in a different way. Kimberly Talley with Special Olympics Illinois says this change means the popular event will still go on, while keeping people safe from COVID-19.
"We're calling it a plunge at home for 2021. Where the groups are actually doing their own plunge so that we can keep our numbers under 50 people."
A donated dunk tank was recently used to drench Jackson County State's Attorney Joe Cervantez and Talley says it went over well.
"And his staff jumped in multiple times...and I mean literally, each of them went in two, three, four times to get dunked."
Talley adds donors have until March 28 to support special Olympics by taking the plunge in creative ways, such as a kiddie pool in their yard, or having somebody pour a bucket of water on their head.
She says despite the change, support has been strong, with one donor recently giving three thousand dollars. To learn more, visit plungeillinois.com