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8th Annual Penguin Plunge Benefits Make-A-Wish Illinois


January 01, 2019


Ottawa, Illinois

Chilly fundraiser supports wishes for Illinois children with critical illnesses

Jumpers come from near and far, but they all have one thing in common, they care about children with critical illnesses. Hundreds will jump into the frosty water on Saturday, January 19th at Heritage Harbor in Ottawa, about 90 miles southwest of Chicago. Join the fun and find more information at

“We are honored to be the beneficiary of this amazing event which not only brings the community together, but also makes a real difference for children living with critical illnesses in Illinois,” said Ashley White, gift officer for Make-A-Wish Illinois. “Over the years we’ve welcomed several wish kids and their families out to talk with Penguin Plungers about the life-changing impact of having a wish granted and that connection really seems to fuel the great commitment and enthusiasm this group brings to supporting our cause.”

Heritage Harbor Penguin Plunge offers several other ways to participate for those who do not wish to jump in the river including joining as a Toe Dipper, joining through the Cool School Challenge or by making a donation through the Penguin Plunge website.

Hope is medicine for children with critical illnesses, and in fact research shows that wishes have the possibility to give kids the hope and strength they need to fight harder. For children who are battling a critical illness, a wish can give them an edge in coping with their illnesses. And now, a first-of-its-kind study out of Nationwide Children’s Hospital is opening the door to possibilities of medical and financial benefits. 

About Make-A-Wish Illinois

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness.  Since being founded locally in 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 15,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with children in all areas of the state.

Press Contact

Jessica Miller
Senior Communications Manager
640 North LaSalle Drive Suite 280
Chicago, IL  60654

Phone : (312) 602-9412
Fax : (312) 602-9498

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640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
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