Fallon Helps Chicago's Polar Plunge Break Record

Organization raises $150,000 more than last year's event

View Comments (


    Watch as Jimmy Fallon runs into icy Lake Michigan for Chicago's Polar Plunge.

    Special Olympics Chicago is swimming in record donations thanks to Jimmy Fallon.

    Officials announced that Sunday's annual Polar Plunge raised $930,000, more than $150,000 than last year.

    The excitement surrounding the event was raised several notches after the "The Tonight Show" host agreed to take a dip into the icy Lake Michigan waters at the behest of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who also plunged into the water.

    Thousands Take Part in Polar Plunge

    [CHI] Thousands Take Part in Polar Plunge
    On Sunday, hundreds of people took the Polar Plunge into Lake Michigan - - and a bet between Mayor Emanuel and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon added to the excitement. NBC 5's Susan Carlson reports.

    Fallon charged the icy waters wearing his suit and tie alongside Emanuel, and came out looking cold and shocked.


    Rahm Gets Emotional at Polar Plunge

    [CHI] Rahm Gets Emotional at Polar Plunge
    Moments before Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ran into icy Lake Michigan waters Sunday, he got emotional talking about why he was about to take the plunge.

    More than 3,200 people participated in this year's event.

    Organizers hope to top $1 million in donations, which are still being accepted here.

    Donations of $20 or more receive a #swimmyfallon t-shirt.

    NBC Chicago was a media sponsor for Sunday's event at North Avenue Beach.