Just as Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life, little Logen Hustedt is proof that used shoes can be life changing. In late November, the Breese Journal ran an article about 5-year-old Logen Hustedt whose family is raising funds to purchase an Autism service dog to assist Logen, who was diagnosed one year ago as being on the Autism Spectrum.
The fundraiser, called “Loafers for Logen,” involved collecting used shoes which were donated to an organization that repairs them and sends them to developing countries around the world for less fortunate people who desperately need footwear. In return for collecting the used shoes, a significant donation would be made in Logen’s name to “4 Paws for Ability,” a nonprofit organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities providing increased independence for the children and assistance to their families.
Logen’s father Steve Hustedt said Clinton County residents responded to the fundraiser “in a big way.”
“The area collected more than 8,000 pairs of shoes,” Steve said, “which made their way to the collection site in Indiana. Overall more than 13,000 pairs of shoes were collected. This brought in more than $6,000 and helped us meet our $15,000 goal.”
Be brrr-ave and join the hundreds of people who will plunge into the frigid waters of Carlyle Lake at noon on Saturday, Feb. 27 for the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge. The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois. From a single plunge site in 1999 to 21 locations throughout Illinois in 2016, the Polar Plunge has raised over $12.3 million for Special Olympics Illinois.
Last year at Carlyle, local teams raised over $104,000. All the funds raised help provide year-round sports training and competition for the 22,000 traditional athletes and 21,000 young athletes participating in Special Olympics Illinois.
Plungers can register for the plunge online until 11 p.m. on Feb. 26. Check-in is from 10 to 11 a.m. at Carlyle Lake’s Dam West Recreation Area or online at www.plungeillinois.com. Plungers will receive incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise. By raising the minimum of $100, you’ll receive an official Plunge hooded sweatshirt and admission to the post-plunge party. Other prizes are awarded at the $250, $500 and $1,000 levels.
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) has announced his 17 nominations to the military academies. The congressman nominates, and then the academies themselves make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy. "The academies look at academics, leadership, and physical fitness in order to assure a young person is well-rounded and able to cope with the uniqueness of attending a military school," Shimkus said. "As a West Point graduate, I am very proud of these young men and women for considering an academy for their college choice and am grateful for the honor of being able to nominate them.”
The four military academies that require congressional nominations are: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York; U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, Colorado; U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, Maryland; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, New York.
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