Officials say it was a milestone year for Waukegan’s annual Polar Bear Plunge event with over 500 people participating Monday morning to benefit individuals with disabilities.
The Waukegan Park District and the City of Waukegan partnered to host the 25th Polar Bear Plunge on Monday.
The event was held at the Waukegan Municipal Beach and helped raise funds for individuals with disabilities.
The event cost $25 per participant. Businesses and organizations were also able to sponsor the event.
Waukegan Park District Recreation Supervisor Kari Robinson said all of the money raised is going to Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County.
Robinson said the organization helps those with disabilities to participate in camps, athletics, health and fitness programs and more.
City officials said the event was a “great success” thanks to the park district, city staff, volunteers, sponsors and the brave plungers.
Over 500 people walked, ran and dove into Lake Michigan.
“Thank you all for making this milestone Polar Bear Plunge one for the record books,” city officials said.
Waukegan Mayor Ann Taylor said she is proud of the “brave souls” who went into the water to raise much-needed funds for a great cause.
The mayor said she saw many people from Chile, Mexico and throughout the U.S. at the event.
“Not only is this a great fundraiser for people with disabilities but it is a great way to kick off the new year seeing old friends and setting our resolutions for the new year,” Taylor said.
The Waukegan Fire Department stood by at the event for safety precautions.
“Great job to all the brave people who took the Plunge, many of whom came out to high five us,” the fire department said.