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Polar Plunge participants from ComEd raise more than $276,000 for Special Olympics
CHICAGO (March 2, 2018) – Warmer spring temperatures are nearing, but that will be of little comfort to the hundreds of ComEd employees who will spring into Lake Michigan's icy waters on Sunday, March 4. To benefit more than 7,500 athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities, approximately 623 ComEd employees, their family members, and friends will join in Special Olympics Chicago's annual Polar Plunge at North Avenue Beach.
ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore will join Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, founder of the Chicago Special Olympics, this year as the first people to leap into the lake. Others expected to participate include Fox 32 Chicago anchor Natalie Bomke, former Chicago Bears great Otis Wilson, and ComEd Executive Vice President and COO Terry Donnelly.
"Our employees go above and beyond – and sometimes, below frigid waters – to give back to the diverse customers and communities we serve," said Pramaggiore. "To fulfill our purpose of powering lives across northern Illinois, we do our part to make the communities where we live and work healthy and vibrant."
ComEd employees have raised $276,439 for this year's event – the largest amount of any Polar Plunge team – and will continue to raise funds and recruit participants until Sunday morning.
ComEd and its employees are serious about their responsibility to help customers live better and communities thrive. In addition to the company's investments in job training and economic development, and programs to help customers reduce their energy use and bills, ComEd employees in 2017:
Special Olympics Chicago expects approximately 5,300 people to participate in the Polar Plunge and raise approximately $2 million. Special Olympics Chicago uses the funds to support year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
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