My Personal Fundraising Page

Why I Plunge

Why I plunge?  I choose to jump into Lake Michigan in March because my mom didn't raise me right.

I kid.....I wouldn't ever think I would participate in this event...but then God puts friends in front of you that teach you how to be a better person by allowing you to observe the way they live.  Colleen and Scott Schaefers are two of the most selfless people I know. God chose them to be parents to the beautiful Eileen Grace and she has special needs.  Colleen and Scott work hard every day to make sure she gets all the same opportunities as any other kid.  The Special Olympics is an organization that helps ensure kids with all abilities are given a chance to compete--and the Polar Plunge helps ensure this special organization is able to fulfill its mission.  So--I plunge.  Plunging in freezing cold Lake Michigan waters puts me totally outside of my comfort zone.  Raising a child with special needs also puts me outside of my comfort zone.  And it is in these moments, when we learn and grow the most.  

So--I guess my mom DID raise me right--or at least--she raised me to recognize good when I see it.  And the Schaefers, this organization, the people who choose to plunge with me:  It's all GOOD.

Eileen In...You lean in! Let's do this!


On Sunday, March 6, 2022, I will be participating in the 2022 Chicago Polar Plunge, celebrating more than 20 years of plunging! I have decided that it’s cold enough, and I’m bold enough to take the plunge into Lake Michigan to support the 7,500 of Special Olympics Chicago! Through your donations, people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to discover new strengths, abilities, and accomplishments.  

There are three easy ways to support my plunging efforts:

  1. Make a donation to my fundraising page!

  2. Join my team and take the plunge with me at North Ave Beach on March 6, 2022

  3. Help me spread the word! Share my fundraising page with your friends and family. 



Join me and make the #PolarPromise as I raise funds for the Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson today. 





of your goal reached









My Supporters

  • The Walt Disney Corporation July 2022 $25.00
  • Maureen Burk Go Sharon and Team Eileen! You guys continue to amaze and inspire!! March 2022 $105.00
  • Deborah Klamrzynski Sending you warmth and vibes for a great plunge!!! March 2022
  • Amy Cooney February 2022
  • Sarah Skarda Way to go Sherry! February 2022 $25.00
  • View More Recent Supporters
  • Maureen Burk Go Sharon and Team Eileen! You guys continue to amaze and inspire!! March 2022 $105.00
  • Carrie Bills February 2022 $105.00
  • Beth White February 2022 $100.00
  • Daniel Alholm January 2022 $100.00
  • Jim Stehlik Great work Sherry - keep that $&?! up! January 2022 $100.00
  • View More Top Donors

My Team