Macomb community raises $10K for Special Olympics

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Thousands of dollars was raised following the 2020 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at Western Illinois University last month.

Several WIU faculty, staff and students participated in the event held Feb. 29 at WIU’s Western Hall.

Organizers said 60 people took the plunge at this year’s event. Overall, $10,857 was raised through donations to support hundreds of local Special Olympics athletes.

Multiple WIU groups and organizations participated in the event, including Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, the School of Law Enforcement and Administration, Western Emergency Medical Services (WEMS) and WIU Police and friends.

All polar plungers were required to raise a minimum of $100 in donations. Additional prizes were given to participants who raised $250, $500 and $1,000.

Organizers said 805 athletes are directly supported in the western Illinois region through the WIU Polar Plunge.

The Macomb Police Department was the top fundraising team, raising a total of $1,640.