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2nd Annual Penguin Plunge

Posted by wlpo on January 20, 2013

Final numbers aren’t in from the “Penguin Plunge” at Heritage Harbor near Ottawa Saturday. However, Tammy Barry, sales director and event organizer told AM 1220 WLPO news they easily exceeded their 25-thousand dollar goal. Barry said one hundred fifty jumpers entered the Illinois River Saturday afternoon after raising almost 35-thousand dollars for the “Make a Wish Foundation”. On-line totals will be added in Monday. Barry estimated 800 people turned out to watch, enjoy music and snacks. The water temperature was 39 degrees. Barry said many persons, despite their frigid plunge, have promised to return on January 4 for the next “Penguin Plunge”. According to Barry, she learn sometime next month from “Make a Wish” how many LaSalle County kids can be helped from the fundraiser.

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