Donations may be collected in-person or online. If you have cash or check donations, you can drop it off ahead of time! The donation deposits may be made at Centrue Bank at the 2 Streator locations, 2 Ottawa locations and in the Peru branch. If you would like an online donation page, email firstname.lastname@example.org and one will be created for you. Each online donation page will be customized for you. If you are plunging on a team, all members of the team will use the same donation page and link.
It takes just one person to inspire others to get involved! Encourage your friends, family and co-workers to join your team. Teams or individuals raising over $7,500 will receive a Wish Plaque from Make-A-Wish! Top Individual Fundraiser, Top Fundraising Team and Best Team Spirit are just some of the awards to be given. This is a fun event for everyone!
Centrue Bank will be onsite starting at 12p.m on January 7th to take your donations. Additional banking information will be available.
Online pre-registration will close at noon on January 6th. Please sign up early to guarantee a commemorative 2017 Penguin Plunge T-shirt. Same day plungers and pre-registered plungers that signup after January 1st will receive a shirt size based on inventory available.
Heritage Harbor Ottawa, Centrue Bank, Ottawa Firefighter’s Local 523, Red Dog Grill, Bill Walsh Automotive Group, Quest Watersports, Jeff and Peggy Lovelady, Gerald Automotive Group, Halm Electrical Contracting, Hicks Gas, Ladd Sound Productions, Golden Rule Lumber, Amanda Hart Design, Thrush Sanitation, CRASH, Starved Rock Country, The Times, WCMY/95.3 SAM, Conroy Automotive and Towing, Casey’s General Store.
For questions or more information…
or call 815.433.5000
Thank you to our sponsors!
Recap of the 2016 Heritage Harbor Ottawa Penguin Plunge
“We so appreciate the community support for our mission to grant the wishes of Illinois children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said Ashley White, Gift Officer of Community Programs for Make-A-Wish Illinois. “The spirit and generosity of this event moves us ever closer to our goal of granting 700 wishes this year throughout the state.”
Barry noted that since all costs for the events are covered by donors and sponsors, 100 percent of proceeds raised by participants go directly to Make-A-Wish. Among those making monetary and in-kind donations for the 2016 Penguin Plunge was Chicago-based Walsh Construction Company, which provided a heated changing trailer in support of an employee who owns a home in the community; a homeowner at Heritage Harbor who each year sponsors a heated tent for the plunge; Gerald Automotive Group of Naperville, Ill., which sponsored the event’s T-shirts; Centrue Bank of Ottawa, Ill., which collected pledges; and Exelon, which made a monetary donation. Some other key sponsors were Heritage Harbor Ottawa, Quest Watersports, Ottawa Firefighters Local 523, Jeff and Peggy Lovelady, Hicksgas, Halm Electric Contracting, Ladd Sound Production, Amanda Hart Design, Crash, Conroy Automotive and Towing, Dave VanDuzer, Thrush Sanitation, Golden Rule Lumber, The Times newspaper, Ottawa Noon Rotary, Walsh Construction, Action Graphic,Bill Walsh Automotive Group, WCMY, Juxtaposed Audio, Road Angel, Starved Rock Country, Dan Aussem, Red Dog Grill, Sherri Countryman, Wal-Mart, Armark and Margie Klodnicki.
Heritage Harbor Ottawa’s “Penguin Plunge” Raises
Over $100,000 for Make-A-Wish® Illinois
Annual plunge is now top community-organized fundraising event
for Make-A-Wish in Illinois
OTTAWA, Ill. (February 4, 2016) – Heritage Harbor Ottawa, a marina resort community in Starved Rock Country in Ottawa, Ill., is proud to announce its “Penguin Plunge” fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® Illinois raised $101,565.60, making the January event the top community-organized fundraising event for Make-A-Wish in Illinois. A check was presented to the organization during an “After the Plunge” celebration on Jan. 27, with the final tally of donations through the end of January.
Organized annually by Heritage Harbor Ottawa, the Penguin Plunge invites residents of Heritage Harbor as well as neighbors and friends from Starved Rock Country and beyond to collect pledges for participating in a wintertime ‘plunge’ off a dock and into the chilly water at Heritage Harbor Marina. In its fourth year, the 2016 Penguin Plunge drew 269 participants and more than 2,000 spectators.
“Our homeowners at Heritage Harbor and the Ottawa community as a whole are incredibly generous, and it has been extremely rewarding to see this event grow each year in both the number of ‘plungers’ who participate, as well as the total funds we raise,” said Tammy Barry, Director of Sales and Marketing for Heritage Harbor Ottawa. “We can’t say enough to thank our plungers, sponsors and donors, and everyone else who supports the Penguin Plunge for helping make it the top community-organized fundraising event for Make-A-Wish in the state.”