Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc ~ Ithaca Chill Challenge 2020

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Ithaca Chill Challenge 2020

Welcome to the 5th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge…Dip or Dodge event!

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 and watch from the shore!

On New Year’s Day at noon, 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 and who watches from the shore, all donations go to support ICR.

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 almost $42,000 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 2020.

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

- Prizes for best costumes

- Gifts for participants raising over $150

Snacks and hot beverages will be provided during the event.

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.

The event is on January 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Ithaca Yacht Club. The Ithaca Yacht Club is located at 1090 Glenwood Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

…and don’t forget your camera!



Starting this Sunday evening, 12/8, we will be randomly selecting a Chill Challenge participant to receive a prize!  The only requirement to be eligible is to be registered.  We will select a winner each Sunday evening until the event on January 1st.


This week’s lucky person will win a $50 gift card to WEGMANS!!! (which in our house, we refer to as the center of the universe!)

Hurry up!  Go register and maybe you’ll be this week’s winner!


What 518 means to us!

Ithaca Community Recovery is affectionately know as just 518. I while back I asked some folks what 518 means to them. I'd like share some of their responses. I going to start with one of my favorites.

"One of the people who was part of the group back in 2000 who were working hard to get the place usable told me that the very first time he came into the building he felt the spirit there. He went on to say that the building started out as an orphanage and later was a sanctuary and that today it continues to fulfill both functions. It provides a home for people who are lost and a place for people to keep in touch with a higher power."

Please join us in supporting 518 by getting involved in our annual fundraiser, the Ithaca Chill Challenge.


Thank you to 2020 Sponsor - Beck Equipment!

A big THANK YOU to Beck Equipment for being a Chill Champion Sponsor for the 5th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge!!! Check them out, We appreciate your continued support!


August Moon Spa and LaTourelle Resort 2020 Prize Donor!

Looking for a holiday or birthday gift for someone special, check out August Moon Spa, and LaTourelle Resort and Spa,
Thank you to them for their continued support...and an extra generous prize donation this year! Some lucky person is going to win an overnight stay at LaTourelle hotel, breakfast for two and $100.00 gift certificate to the spa. WOW!


The Costume Winners are...drum roll please...

  • Most Creative: The Ithaca Safety League - GreenStar Natural Foods Market gift basket
  • Most Original: St. Catherine's Water Walkers - Gimme! Coffee gift card for $25
  • Most Romantic: The Odd Couple - Purity Ice Cream coupon for two free lunches
  • Most Socially Conscience: Brookton Market - Pasta Vitto Restaurant & Lounge gift card for $25
  • Packs the Biggest Punch: TMann - Brookton's Market gift card for $25

Thanks to our prize donors and congratulations to our winners! Look for pictures later today!


Ithaca Chill Challenge 2020 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