Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc ~ Ithaca Chill Challenge 2021

Fundraising Event Status

The Ithaca Chill Challenge 2021 event is finished, but
Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc accepts donations year round.

Ithaca Chill Challenge 2021

Welcome to the 6th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge…Dip or Dodge event..COVID style!

If you missed the 6th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge…Dip or Dodge event..COVID style!  event, please check out the (edited) video on YouTube!

The Ithaca Chill Challenge is an annual fundraising event for Ithaca Community Recovery. The challenge is a Polar Plunge, but with a twist.

The Twist

Each participant will have their own page for donations,
and their donors can “vote” with their $$$ to either…

“Dip ’em” and they’ll have to run into the lake for a dip
let ’em “Dodge” and they’ll get to stay dry at home and watch from the live Zoom broadcast!

On New Year’s Eve at midnight, the higher total for each participant prevails.  Participants commit to doing whatever their friends, loved ones, co-workers, frenemies, siblings, and assorted other donors decide. Regardless of who winds up in the lake, all donations go to support ICR.  Only the "Dippers" will join us in person this year, but we're still planning to celebrate with everyone, thanks to the wonders of technology!

People who are active in the recovery community, the people who love and support them, the people who only know them - everyone will be able to come together to celebrate and to welcome in the new year.

Last year we raised over $48,000 and we hope to beat it this year!

Registration in advance is required, and fund-raising will be primarily on-line (with mail and in-person options as well). We hope that this will enable everyone to take part and help support this vital cause. If you’d like a copy of our poster to share, click Ithaca Chill Challenge Poster 2021.

- Prizes for the top five individual and top three team fundraisers

- Prizes for best costumes - Zoom participants included

- Gifts for participants raising over $150

The money raised will be used to maintain and improve 518 West Seneca Street as a welcoming and secure home-base for our local recovery community.


Thank you Maguire!

Thank you to Maguire for their generous Chill Champion Sponsor donation!  We appreciate their continued support!  



Thank you to our participants, volunteers, donors, sponsors, prize donors, ICR Board Members, ICC committee and our supportive community for another successful event this year!!!


Top Team Fundraisers

- 1st: Bill's Misfit Friends, (4) AGAVA gift cards

- 2nd: Ithaca Safety League, Cinemapolis gift cards

- 3rd: Team Salamignani, Cat's Pajamas

Amazing job, thank you!


Top Individual Fundraisers

- 1st: G.P., La Tourelle and August Moon Spa Package

- 2nd: Firefly, Hazelnut Kitchen gift certificate

- 3rd: Sally Salamon, 15 STEPS gift card

- 4th: Rosie the Riviter, The Heights Restaurant and H Bar gift certifcate

- 5th: Viking Princess, Viva Taqueria and Buffalo Street Books gift cards

Thank you for your effort!


Costume Prizes:

- Best overall team, time after time! - The Judy Bunch - Ithaca Safety League: Ithaca Bakery (5) $10 gift cards

- Most Sparkly - Lisbet Rattenborg and Mary Centrella: Viva Taqueria (2) $25 gift cards

- Best Warrior - Viking Princess: Brookton's Market $25 gift card and a cool hat

- Best Accessories - xxLisaxx: Buffalo Street Books $25 gift card

- Most Colorful - Graham A: Ithaca Bakery gift card

- Best Feather Boa - Jon: GreenStar Food Co+op $25 gift card

- Best Face Paint - Nathan Gemignani: Ithaca Bakery gift card


Ithaca Chill Challenge 2021 Sponsors

Chill Champions (over $500)

Polar Partners ($100 to $500)

Arctic Allies (up to $100)

Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc

Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc

518 West Seneca St Ithaca, NY 14850