Polar Plunge Stories

Plunge Contacts


 

Northern Region


Evanston Plunge
Kristen Wisniewski
kwisniewski@soill.org
847-370-7370

Fox Lake Plunge
Brenden Cannon
bcannon@soill.org
224-377-8378

Joliet Plunge & Dash
Patty Welsh
pwelsh@soill.org
708-991-7564

Manteno Plunge
Patty Welsh
pwelsh@soill.org
708-991-7564

Mendota Plunge
Allison Nichols
anichols@soill.org
815-220-8128

Oak Brook Plunge
Katie Grisham
kgrisham@soill.org
630-545-3402

Palatine Plunge
Jordan Feldman
jfeldman@soill.org
224-234-8635

Rockford Plunge
Debbie Kelly
dkelly@soill.org
815-739-2052

Yorkville Plunge
Amanda Nelson
anelson@soill.org
630-942-5616

Central Region


Bloomington Plunge
Jim Fitzpatrick
jfitzpatrick@soill.org
309-888-2551

Decatur Plunge
Joanie Keyes
jkeyes@soill.org
217-428-9255

Galesburg Plunge
Jennifer Davis
jdavis@soill.org
309-734-5903

Macomb Plunge
Jennifer Davis
jdavis@soill.org
309-734-5903

Mahomet Plunge
Vanessa Duncan
vduncan@soill.org
217-345-2424

Quincy Plunge
Heather Davis
hdavis@soill.org
217-322-7451

Rock Island Plunge
Jennifer Davis
jdavis@soill.org
309-734-5903

Springfield Plunge
Heather Davis
hdavis@soill.org
217-322-7451

U of I Plunge and Dash
Vanessa Duncan
vduncan@soill.org
217-345-2424

Southern Region


Belleville Plunge
Justin Dunning
jdunning@soill.org
618-654-6680

Carlyle Plunge
Justin Dunning
jdunning@soill.org
618-654-6680

Effingham Plunge
Vanessa Duncan
vduncan@soill.org
217-345-2424

Rend Lake Plunge
Rhonda Knight
rknight@soill.org
618-383-4400

SIU Campus Plunge
Shane Bennett
sbennett@soill.org
618-457-2969


Corporate Matching Gifts


 

 

 

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Double your gift with Company Matching Gifts Programs

Want to make a BIG impact on the lives of Special Olympics Illinois athletes? Imagine the power of your gift when it is doubled or even tripled! One volleyball becomes two. We can train two coaches instead of one. Changing one attitude becomes…how many?

About the Program

You can double or triple your tax-deductible support of Special Olympics Illinois athletes through your employers matching gift program.  Matching allows your contribution to double its impact on the lives of our athletes!

Follow the steps below to see if your gift is eligible for a matching gift:

  1. Check our matching gift list to see if your company matches gifts to Special Olympics Illinois. If you don’t see your company listed, reach out to your Human Resources office to see if they’d be interested in matching your contribution.
  2. Donate online, by check or cash and make sure to get a gift receipt as proof of your donation. Individuals looking to donate to the Polar Plunge can do so at www.PlungeIllinois.com.
  3. Obtain a matching gift form from your company’s Human Resources Office.
  4. Complete the donor and gift information portion of the matching gift form and mail to:

Special Olympics Illinois
Attn: Matching Gifts
605 E. Willow St.
Normal, IL 61761

For asistance with on-line matching, e-mail us
matchinggifts@soill.org

Check if your Employer has a Corporate Matching Program


Remember, just because your employer isn’t listed here doesn’t mean they don’t have a matching program. Make sure to check with your Human Resources Office to verify.

 


Donation & Fundraising Questions


 

Who should checks be written out to?

Checks can be written out to Special Olympics Illinois or SOILL.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes! Our tax ID/EIN number is 36-2922811.

How do I track my offline donations?

We have created an Offline Donation Tracking form to help you track your cash and check donations. Don’t forget to record all your donor information (name, address, city, state, zip) so that we can issue a tax letter.

My company offers matching gifts. How does that work towards my total?

Matching gifts are a great way to raise additional funds for your Plunge. As long as we receive the matching gift paperwork BEFORE the donation deadline (March 26, 2017), you will receive credit for the donation towards your fundraising total and incentive levels.

Follow the steps below to see if your gift is eligible for a matching gift:

  • Check our matching gift list to see if your company matches gifts to Special Olympics Illinois. If you don’t see your company listed, reach out to your Human Resources office to see if they’d be interested in matching your contribution.
  • Donate online, by check or cash and make sure to get a gift receipt as proof of your donation. Individuals looking to donate to the Polar Plunge can do so at PlungeIllinois.com.
  • Obtain a matching gift form from your company’s Human Resources Office.
  • Complete the donor and gift information portion of the matching gift form and mail to:

Special Olympics Illinois
Attn: Matching Gifts
605 E. Willow St.
Normal, IL 61761

For assistance with on-line matching, e-mail us
matchinggifts@soill.org

Will my supporters automatically receive a receipt or do I need to request one?

Special Olympics Illinois automatically generates receipts for anyone who contributes $100 or more by check, money order, or cash and for whom we have complete and accurate contact information (name and mailing address).  You can track and submit your offline donor information by using this tracking sheet. All donations that are made online via credit card automatically receive a donation receipt via email for any amount.  For offline donations that are less than $100, please provide one yourself by using our downloadable donor receipts form.

I can’t collect all my donations before the Plunge. What do I do?

As long as you have the minimum $100 by the time of the Plunge, you’ll be able to #PlungeWith us.  Any donations received by March 26, 2018 will be applied to your fundraising efforts and go towards receiving your Plunge Incentives.  To submit donations after the event please complete this offline donation tracking form and mail items to:

Special Olympics Illinois
Attn: Polar Plunge
605 East Willow
Normal, IL 61761


What to Expect


 

What’s Provided

  1. Changing facilities are available for participants.  Separate men’s and women’s changing areas are available but spectators are not allowed access.  If an individual needs to be accompanied for a certain reason, please explain to the volunteers at the entrance of the tents to gain access.
  2. We do our best to keep the plunge area at a comfortable depth so that you do not have to go under unless you want to.  Water conditions are never guaranteed, but know that we are trying to make it as painless and fun as possible! (For adults, the water will not go over your head unless you try!)
  3. Trained Dive Team and public safety are at the Plunge site for assistance if necessary.
  4. At registration, Plunge volunteers will have access to all donations made online to your page.  Any donations mailed in to the State office are also included in your total.
  5. Plungers are responsible for bringing all offline donations (cash and checks) to registration so that they can receive credit for those funds.

What to Bring

  1. A towel to dry off and warm up with.
  2. Old shoes, aquatic shoes, etc. All Plungers are encouraged to wear shoes to Plunge in. Don’t forget to bring a pair of dry shoes to wear afterwards!
  3. A duffel bag, backpack, garbage bag, etc. It’s a good idea to bring a bag for dry clothes and your Plunge Sweatshirt as well as a plastic bag for your wet clothes after you’ve Plunged.
  4. Dry replacement clothes. After you’re done Plunging, it’s nice to have some warm and dry clothes for the journey home.
  5. Another Plunger. Recruit a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance and get them to take the Plunge with you. It’s always more fun with friends!

Safety Tips

  1. All Plungers are encouraged to wear secured footwear – no flip flops!
  2. Do not dive or flip into the water.  This is a safety precaution for all Plungers that is strictly enforced by the Dive Team
  3. We advise you do not Plunge after drinking alcohol. Intoxicated people will not be permitted to Plunge.
  4. Wear a costume that’s appropriate and non-discriminatory. Anyone wearing an offensive costume may be asked to change.
  5. Leave valuables at home or with a spectator. Special Olympics IL is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen.

Miscellaneous Tips

  1. Wear your Plunge costume right under the outfit you wear to the event! That way you do not have to worry about changing and can stay warm longer!
  2. Bring along warm cloths to wear after you Plunge that are easy to put on. The last thing you want to deal with when you are cold and wet are clumsy zippers or buttons.
  3. Carpool. Parking can be crowded, so help us out by coming as a group.  Take advantage of Plunge shuttle services if they are available.
  4. Invite a friend to watch, take pictures and hold onto your dry stuff!