Warm hearts brave the coldest water ever.
In 2015, Chicago tied its 140-year-old record for the coldest February in recorded history. Then, on March 1, hundreds of ComEd employees and their family members and friends jumped into a frigid, iced-over Lake Michigan. The "ComEd Coolers" were participants in the 15th annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics.
Special Olympics athletes are 4.4 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities from all around the world. They find success, joy, friendship and fun at local events and in the global community.
"ComEd's first year participating in the plunge was in 2012, and the goal was 30 participants. It quickly grew into the company's largest volunteer event of the year," said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd President and CEO. "ComEd is dedicated to its communities, and we now count participation in the hundreds. Our team is honored to be a part of this great event to bring visibility and awareness to Special Olympics Chicago and the wonderful athletes it supports."
This year, the "ComEd Coolers" raised more than $132,000 for Special Olympics.
Hundreds of our people and more than 4,000 plungers in total were led into the icy water by actor and Lake Forest, Ill. native Vince Vaughn. The entire group raised approximately $1 million for Special Olympics.
ComEd has a long-standing tradition of support for local nonprofit organizations and institutions. ComEd employees serve on the boards of more than 90 nonprofit agencies and educational institutions, and can be found throughout the year volunteering with organizations making a difference in the communities where we live and work.