People in Chicago LOVE spring and summer and LOVE to do good for others. What better way to “spark the season” than with the world’s largest grill and the Chicago Polar Plunge? It’s been a mild winter, but spring is still a ways off. If folks are willing to jump in Lake Michigan, we should be ready to fire up the grill. Right?
Johnsonville invited me to kick off the season with them as sponsors of the Chicago Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. They figured if people are willing to jump in the freezing lake for a great cause, they should grill them up some great brats! Johnsonville fired up the world’s largest grill and gave out free brats for several hours to warm folks up and get them excited for the grilling season ahead.
Johnsonville was joined by the Chicago Bears’ Brian Urlacher. Urlacher was very hands on in making the brats and serving them to Polar Plunge participants.
Liv and I checked out the plunge kick-off and then enjoyed the energy and costumes of the plungers. It was an amazing turn out with over 5,000 plungers and over 1.5 million dollars raised! How awesome is that?
Are you psyched for spring and summer grilling? Enter to win Johnsonville’s #FirstBrats Contest. Go to First Brats Contest (starting March 8 at 12:00 PM EST – I’ll remind you!). The contest runs through May 15, 2017. There are two ways to enter:
- Online – From 3/8 – 5/15, go to First Brats Contest and enter your email address to register. After registering, take a photo of your “first grill of the season” and upload it.
- Social Media – follow @Johnsonville on Twitter or @jvillesausage on Instagram. Post a tweet/post that includes a photo of your “first grill of the season” with the hashtag #FirstBratsContest. You can also log onto Facebook and go to Johnsonville’s page and post a comment that includes a photo of his/her “first grill of the season” and the hashtag #FirstBratsContest.
One grand prize winner will receive snow removal or lawn care for a year ($1,500 value) and fourteen first prize winners will receive a $100 grocery coupon code and a Johnsonville prize pack. Photos will be judged by a panel of judges selected by Johnsonville. They will score the photos based on creativity, photo quality and relevance to the contest theme (think – grilling whatever the weather!). Limit one prize per person. One entry per day per channel. Full rules will be available on March 8 at First Brats Contest.
In the meantime, keep up with Johnsonville on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The Big Taste Grill will be on the road from April to November. Keep a look out or check the schedule here. You can donate to the Chicago Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics HERE.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.