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Polar Plunge's Largest Team Raises More Than $125,000 for Special Olympics as of Friday Morning
CHICAGO (March 4, 2016) — Hundreds of "ComEd Coolers" are ready to #MakeASplash at this year's Polar Plunge on Sunday, March 6th, in support of Special Olympics Chicago. ComEd employees, joined by their family members and friends, are expected to charge into Lake Michigan in record numbers for the annual Plunge, in what has become the company's largest volunteer event of the year.
Hosted by Special Olympics Chicago at Chicago's North Avenue Beach, the Polar Plunge fundraiser encourages participants to run into Lake Michigan and benefits approximately 5,000 athletes from Special Olympics Chicago.
The "ComEd Coolers" team, being led by former Chicago Bear great, Otis Wilson, and WGN news anchor Dina Bair, has already donated $125,000 for this year's Polar Plunge, with fundraising and recruitment efforts continuing until Sunday morning. For added fun, many members of the "ComEd Coolers" team plan on dressing up in costume for the event.
"ComEd employees embody the spirit of giving back, and the Polar Plunge is an event we look forward to all year long," said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd President and CEO. "Last year, our employees broke records by donating nearly 19,000 volunteer hours to a variety of local non-profit organizations, and I'm proud that this same giving dedication will be on display again this weekend to support an organization as great as Special Olympics Chicago."
Special Olympics Chicago estimates more than 4,000 plungers will participate this year and raise approximately $1.5 million. The exact amount collected won't be known until a few weeks after the plunge. All plungers are required to raise a minimum of $175 to jump into Lake Michigan. The Polar Plunge funds are used by Special Olympics Chicago to support year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
ComEd has a strong tradition of engagement in programs and initiatives administered by local nonprofit organizations and institutions. Last year, ComEd employees broke records by volunteering 18,600 hours - more than at any other time in the company's history. In addition, ComEd employees serve on the boards of more than 90 nonprofit agencies and educational institutions, and can be found throughout the year volunteering with organizations making a difference in the communities where we live and work.
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