On January 1, 2013 a group of Chicago zoo keepers got together with members of the 501st Midwest Garrison (the Star Wars Costuming Group) for the inaugural "Wampa Plunge." The keepers would play the part of "rebels" who the Imperial Troops would chase into the waters of Lake Michigan! On one of the coldest days in Chicago yet, the Star Wars themed "polar plunge" was being held to raise funds and awareness for Polar Bears International (polarbears.org) an organization dedicated to preserving the polar bear and its habitat.
Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
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