Swimmers brave icy Fox River to raise more than $10K for children’s hospital

Participants splashed in success at the second annual Fox River Shiver fundraiser at Broken Oar Marina Bar & Grill.

Fearless, costume-clad volunteers gathered to brave a plunge into the icy 32.5 degree river for charity. The air was frigid.

Surrounded by hundreds of supportive spectators, more than 50 swimmers took the jump.

The youngest participant was 12-year-old Hannah Remke, of McHenry, who raised $100 in just one day to register for the event. Chicago Bear Matt Slauson was also in attendance, taking photos and signing autographs for the crowd.

Broken Oar organizers has to cut through more than 10 inches of ice to create a plunge area in the river. Preparation took days. Proceeds benefited the One Small Voice Foundation at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. More than $10,000 was raised through fundraising and on-site sales.