Join North Shore’s Inaugural Shamrock Shivers Polar Plunge Sunday

Sunday March 12 at 1 p.m. Benefiting Lake County Cares

The public is invited to don their ‘green’ in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and get ‘chilly for charity’ as they jump into Lake Michigan at the North Shore’s inaugural Shamrock Shivers Polar Plunge on Sunday March 12 at 1 p.m. As the first and only organized polar plunge off the shores of Forest Park Beach in Lake Forest (801 N. Lake Road), the family-friendly event will benefit Lake County Cares as they celebrate 50 years connecting caring residents with service opportunities at over 200 Lake County non profit organizations.

“We want to have some fun and hope that everyone comes out dressed in their St Patrick’s Day attire,” said Pam Gracyalny, executive director of Lake County Cares. “Events like this offer a great platform for Lake County Cares and participants to mix and mingle while also raising some ‘green’ to enable us to do more good throughout Lake County.”

Participants will be ‘freezin’ for a reason,’ celebrating local area nonprofits as they take a quick dip into the icy waters of Lake Michigan.  Everyone can warm up afterward at the Post Plunge Party in the Forest Park Beach Pavilion and enjoy a hot cocoa bar, coffee from Reprise Coffee Roaster, pizza from Donati’s, hot dogs from The Left Bank, mini sandwiches from Jewel-Osco, and live music by Matt Feddermann.

Lake County Cares hopes to raise $20,000 at this inaugural event that will help the organization with their mission of local impact through innovative programming, partnerships with area nonprofits, and driving personal involvement throughout Lake County communities.

Be a part of the ‘coolest’ event of the season. Special awards will be given for best individual and group costumes and top fundraisers. Register individually or as part of a team (Student $25, Individual $35, Family $95).  All ages are welcome. Registration information for this family friendly event  is available here:

Paramedics and rescue staff will be onsite throughout the event.  “We are grateful to the City of Lake Forest, its Parks and Recreation Department and the Lake Forest Police and Fire Departments for working with us to make this inaugural event safe for all,” said Gracyalny.

For more information please contact Lake County Cares at (847) 234-8876,

Lake County Cares is located at 400 E Illinois Rd, in the Gorton Center, Lake Forest, Illinois, 60045, (847) 234-8876,,

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