Chicago Zoo Keepers and Star Wars Geeks team up for charity

Lincoln Park AAZK and 501st Midwest Garrison to hold 2nd Annual "Wampa Plunge"

December 29, 2013|By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano | For RedEye

Star Wars fans are known for being passionate folks. But if you ask me, they should also be known for how charitable they can be.

Some of the most passionate - and charitable - Star Wars fans you’ll ever meet are members of the 501st Midwest Garrison, a costuming group that makes public appearances for charity, dressed as characters from the Star Wars movies. They’ve made appearances at children’s hospitals, fundraisers and sporting events.

This week, you’ll be able to catch Darth Vader and his Imperial Stormtroopers at North Avenue Beach when they join the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) Lincoln Park Chapter for a “polar bear plunge” to benefit charity.

The event is dubbed “Wampa Plunge 2: Revenge of the Wampa!” Named for the ice-creature that attacked Luke Skywalker in “The Empire Strikes Back”, “Wampa Plunge 2” is a Star Wars-themed “polar plunge” that is being held to raise awareness of Polar Bears International (PBI) and benefit the Trees for You and Me program.

The “Trees for You and Me” program seeks to restore forests, combating climate change and the loss of polar ice. Funds raised go towards sponsoring the planting of trees in local communities and around the world.  This year, members of the Lincoln Park AAZK used funds raised at the last polar plunge to plant trees in the Lincoln Park area.

Wampa Plunge 2: Revenge of the Wampa!” will be taking place on New Year’s Day (January 1st, 2014) at 12:30 pm, at North Avenue Beach

The zookeepers will be playing the role of “rebels” who are being chased into the frigid Lake Michigan waters by Darth Vader’s stormtroopers.

Spectators are encouraged to come watch, take pictures of the event, meet the zoo keepers and take photos with members of the 501st Garrison.

RSVP at the Wampa Plunge 2 FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.

Even if you can't make it to the event, you can sponsor a Zoo Keeper for the Wampa Plunge at the “Trees For You and Me” EVENTBRITE PAGE.

Everyone who sponsors a keeper will be entered into a drawing to win AUTORAPHED STAR WARS MEMORIBILIA!

WAMPA PLUNGE 2: REVENGE OF THE WAMPA
January 1, 2014
12:30 PM
North Avenue Beach

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