Meteorologist Andy Avalos took the Polar Plunge on live television Thursday morning to benefit Special Olympics Chicago and Special Children’s Charities programs.
Instead of plunging into Lake Michigan's icy waters, Andy stepped into a dunk tank to benefit this year's virtual 2021 Chicago Polar Plunge.
"If you recall last year I took the Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Chicago," Andy wrote on Facebook. "Well I'm at it again this year, but the difference is I'm going to get dunked live on the air Thursday morning. Tune in and please donate if you can."
The 2021 Chicago Polar Plunge, which usually sets up at North Avenue Beach, took the annual charitable event virtual this year during the coronavirus pandemic and encouraged participants to safely take the plunge on their own.
"We know how creative our supporters can be," organizers said. "We’ve seen your costumes and can only imagine what you will come up with for your virtual plunges! Jump in a pile of snow, run through your sprinklers, jump into a pool, the ideas are endless!"