Around Town with Judy Martini: Fox Lake Polar Plunge and Wauconda Chamber of Commerce Expo

The weather was near perfect over the weekend for numerous events throughout District 64. The Fox Lake Polar Plunge at the Lakefront Park was held on Sunday Feb. 28th. Nearly 300 people attended. The Fox Lake Polar Plunge was put on by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics with the assistance of the Village of Fox Lake and the many local businesses and volunteers who donated food and time to make the event a huge success.

Each participant in the Polar Plunge had to raise a minimum of $100 to participate, with one corporate donor contributing more than $10,000 for the event to help the Special Olympics. Many participants from various local high schools, local businesses, and friends and neighbors all dressed in colorful, funny costumes for the event. One of the judges was Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. The best costume went to the Shark Week contestants. Everyone who participated in the Polar Plunge was a winner in my book, and as one Special Olympics medalist put it, “There are no losers in the Special Olympics, they are all winners.”

There are over 20 similar plunges held each year throughout Illinois to help raise funds for the over 22,000 traditional athletes and over 21,000 special needs athletes which the Special Olympics benefit. So far, over $52,000 has been raised for the Illinois Special Olympics sources said. A wonderful community served a wonderful cause this weekend.

Another event which I was able to attend over the weekend was the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Expo held Saturday Feb. 27th at Wauconda High School. The event was very successful with over 50 business vendors and an arts and craft show. There was a recruiter from our Armed Forces with representation from the Army, Navy and Marines. TLS Veterans Assistance was available to answer any questions about the necessary programs they offer to Veterans, such as independence skills, employment assistance and counseling, and substance abuse help.

The Wauconda Expo also had a free health fair, where free flu shots were given out along with blood pressure testing, and every hour a free raffle was held by the Wauconda Park District. There was a lot for family and children to do, like a reptile show, martial arts demonstration, magician acts and Police Dog Varro was a huge hit with the children. A good way to spend the day!