Taking a plunge for a good cause


Administrators and staff members from Willowbrook High School and District 88 joined Willowbrook School Resource Officer Donald Giammarino and other members of the Villa Park Police Department to participate in the recent 2023 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois. The event took place at the Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club. Participants took a brief plunge into an outdoor pond at the club during the March 11 event. The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois athletes. Giammarino, who is a detective with the Villa Park Police Department, organized the team that included members of the police department and the Willowbrook/District 88 staff and administration. The team raised approximately $8,000. Team members included Giammarino (front row, far left), Villa Park Police Chief Michael Rivas (far right, standing), Willowbrook learning services teachers Gabrielle Horabik (front row, third from left) and Dalila Ramirez (front row, fourth from left), District 88 Director of Student Services Alena Edwards (front row, fifth from left), Willowbrook physical education teacher Rachel Karos (back row, second from left), Villa Park Police Officer Elizabeth Gonzalez (front row, seated), Willowbrook Learning Services Department Head Nick Hildreth (back row, second from right), Willowbrook Principal Dan Krause (back row, third from right), Villa Park Police Officer Kordell Kitching (back row, fourth from right) and Willowbrook Dean Malcolm Ross (front row, far right).