The buzz is building for a major charity fundraising event planned for this weekend, but Chicago’s wicked winter is causing some concerns.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s friendly back and forth with comedian Jimmy Fallon resulted in a promise to join the mayor in Sunday’s Polar Plunge fundraiser to the delight of Special Olympics Chicago.
Jen Kramer of Special Olympics says they’ve already seen a 20 percent jump in participation and fundraising which supports 5500 athlete’s in Chicago’s annual Special Olympics.
“This is the biggest thing to happen to Special Olympics in a long time,” she said.
With the publicity from Fallon’s participation and Mayor Emanuel taking the plunge to encourage Chicago children to read books, Special Olympics organizers say they’ll blow last year’s 1 million dollars out of the water.
“Big donors are coming out of the woodwork want to contribute and be a part of this historical event,” Kramer said.
Laz Parking is one of countless companies re-upping for another Polar Plunge. The company has donated money to Special Olympics for years now. But the hope is Fallon and Mayor Emanuel will attract new corporate donors to the lakefront.
But a word of warning to the wise if you’re thinking about signing up for the plunge: It might be best to check with your doctor . Cardiologist Dr Richard Kehoe says people with hypertension high cholesterol heart conditions or other underlying health issues we should avoid the bone chilling water.