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Public asked for input regarding future of Penguin Plunge

Heritage Harbor unable to host in 2020

The Penguin Plungers take their leap in January 2017 during the sixth annual Penguin Plunge at Heritage Harbor in Ottawa. The event is seeking a new location for 2020 because Heritage Harbor will be undergoing construction and cannot host it.
The Penguin Plungers take their leap in January 2017 during the sixth annual Penguin Plunge at Heritage Harbor in Ottawa. The event is seeking a new location for 2020 because Heritage Harbor will be undergoing construction and cannot host it.

Make-A-Wish Illinois’ largest community-organized program is at a bit of a crossroad for next year.

The Penguin Plunge has been held at Heritage Harbor for the past eight years but they’ll be unable to host it next year while they undergo construction work.

This has left Penguin Plunge organizers Tammy Barry and Linda Johnson to consider what to do with the event in 2020 and they’re looking to get public input.

A “Plunge Forward” event is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Knotts Landing event space at Heritage Harbor.

“The whole community has definitely rallied around this organization and we don’t want that passion to die as we wholly support that organization,” Barry said.

Previous jumpers and volunteers are invited to attend the event and share their thoughts about what form the organization should take in the next year.

The organizers said all ideas are welcome whether they be the suggestion of a new location or an entirely new community event to raise money for Make-A-Wish Illinois.

“We all feel really good,” Barry said. “If we can get with the community, and keep the passion going, something better will come of all of it."

Make-A-Wish gift officer for community programs Ashley White previously said the event is the biggest community-organized program for the organization that grants the wishes of kids in the community and throughout Illinois.

The Penguin Plunge event has raised $790,000 for Make-A-Wish Illinois over its eight years of existence.

For more information, visit fb.com/penguinplungeHHO.

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