This year, the weather climbed into a balmy fortysomething degrees as CONLON/Christie’s Polar Plunge team jumped into Lake Michigan in order to benefit the Special Olympics. Shrieks joined laughter as plungers waded into our gorgeous lake—although warm this year, still plenty chilly.
“We all survived. This was by far the warmest plunge in recent history!” Rene Dombrowski said.
This is the 18th year that Chicago’s event has served the Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Donations directly fund programming enjoyed throughout the year by over 6,800 athletes. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Jimmy Fallon have been known to frequent the plunge, the best known among similar Lake Michigan fundraisers.
Vibrant costumes are de rigueur for the affair. Anne Kavanaugh’s nephews, Sean and Will wore outfits that plungers called “priceless”: tee shirts that said CONLON CARES on the front and their first names on the back… along with lovable, stylish polar bear hats. Sean and Will were also the top two fundraisers on CONLON’s team.
The Polar Plunge is about fun, but it’s also about fundraising. This year, the CONLON family far surpassed our goal of raising $5,000 for the event. We’ve clocked in at $7,067! But it’s never too late to donate. Just $5 from each of us adds up, so pitch in here. Next year, let’s double what we contribute.
Between the good tidings, good cause, good weather, and good company, the CONLON team had a wonderful time. It’s a pleasure to join together in support of the Special Olympics.
“The Polar Plunge was a fantastic experience—for a great cause,” Drussy Hernandez said.
A sincere thank you to the Coolers, donors, and leaders who plunged and contributed. Likewise, to the staff at Old Town Social who warmly welcomed our group. You all make this event successful. Working up the nerve to jump in Lake Michigan is awesome, but jumping into the lake with our CONLON family is irreplaceable.