Bush Construction takes the Plunge for Special Olympics

Twenty-three Bush Construction employees jumped into the cold water of Wicks Lake on March 22 in order to participate in the 2015 Polar Plunge. The fundraiser began across Illinois in February to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois.

 “We were one of the later groups in the year, thank goodness!” exclaimed Administrative Services Manager Amy Simler. “It was pretty windy, and we had psyched ourselves up beforehand, but it was actually very fun.”

Each of the 23 Bush Construction employees were asked to raise at least $75 to participate, though they were all given a $40 boost from the company to get started. By the time they took the plunge, participants had raised $3,115 for Special Olympics Illinois.

“I was so proud of the Bush Construction team and their fundraising efforts,” praised Bush Construction President A.J. Loss. “It was an invigorating experience, in more ways than one. It’s inspiring to see that effort and spirit from our team!”

 This was Bush Construction’s first year taking the Plunge, having been challenged by friends at Green Hyundai. Not willing to turn down a dare, Bush Construction jumped into the challenge headfirst.

“We’re an adventurous group,” explained Simler. “We were all about it!”

The group even wore matching yellow vests and white hard hats during the jump, and they were readily recognizable among the participants.

Bush Construction aims to support at least four community involvement events each year, including the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Putt-A-Round and a Habitat for Humanity home build. The other two events change year after year—though the Polar Plunge may become another Bush Construction staple after its success this year!