Photo: Polar Bear Plunge
The Lakeview Polar Bear Club hosted its 10th annual plunge this weekend . 600+ participants braved the cold weather took to Oak Street Beach for a nippy dip in Lake Michigan.
The 2010 plunge raised more than $15,000 to help two local families and this year the Lakeview Polar Bear Club is aiming for $18,000. The two beneficiary families are certainly deserving. Here’s what LPBC has to say about The Cottles and The Wagoners.
Tracee Cottle is a single mother with 2 boys, ages 12 & 4. Tracee does not receive support from the fathers of the 2 boys and she is struggling to afford the basic life expenses such as shelter, groceries and daycare. She has entered a mentoring program to develop career skills while continuing her education to become a medical assistant. With the LPBC’s support, Tracee will provide her boys with basic life necessities and be the positive role model that they need.
On June 11, 2010, four year-old Zaine Wagoner and his grandmother were in a car accident. The grandmother was killed instantly and Zaine spent 68 days in the hospital after suffering from a traumatic brain injury and a massive stroke that caused paralysis on his left side. The LPBC’s donations will ensure that Zaine receives the best care possible and is given every opportunity to live an independent and normal life.
Even if you don’t take the plunge, the LPBC is accepting donations [all of which are tax deductible]. Contributions can be made out to the Lakeview Polar Bear Club, NFP and send to PO Box 61 7694 in Chicago, IL 60661. You can also make them on the club’s website.