Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc ~ Ithaca Chill Challenge 2023

Fundraising Event Status

Ithaca Chill Challenge on January 1, 2023

Welcome to the 8th 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 on 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, 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 over $54,000 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 2023.

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

- Prizes for best costumes 

- 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.

The event is on January 1, 2023 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!

If you missed the previous events, please check out the videos on YouTube!


Thank you Kate Collins and the Ithaca Journal!

Kate captured the event...and the color and heart of our community! Thank you Kate!


It was SO much fun...let's do it all again!

2022 Recording


Our Host Location!!!

Thank you to Ithaca Yacht Club for allowing the 7th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge - Dip or Dodge Event to use its amazing facility on January 1, 2022! To participate or donate go to


Match Day is here!

Today is MATCH DAY! All donations up to $100 will be matched today or until we reach $5,000.  Thanks to our sponsors!


From our Love Shack Shivers Team!


Ithaca Chill Challenge 2023 Sponsors

Chill Champions (over $500)

Arctic Allies (up to $100)

Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc

Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc

518 West Seneca St Ithaca, NY 14850