Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc ~ Ithaca Chill Challenge 2024

Fundraising Event Status

Ithaca Chill Challenge on January 1, 2024

Welcome to the 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 $52,000 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 2024.

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

- Prizes for best costumes 

- Gifts for ALL participants in 2024!!!

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, 2024 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 to Monk's On the Commons!

Our big thank you to Monk's on the Commons!  They continue to support the Chill Challenge with awesome prizes.  You can win, with a zany costume, a fantastic team, or fundraising prowess!  


Join us at the Yacht Club on New Year's Day!

Will you DIP or DODGE?  


A generous contribution from our local Walmart Ithaca!!!

A huge THANK YOU to our local Ithaca Walmart!   They are making a big contribution that helped us do Match Day this year.   

Match Day is when the event committee doubles contributions up to $100 to either DIP you... or DODGE you.  So if you want to put someone special into the lake, match day can make it happen.  

~~Our community comes together to party on New Year's Day, and Walmart is helping us get there!~~

If you happen to be shopping there, thank an associate for helping the Chill Challenge!


Thanks to B & W Supply!

Our thanks to B & W Supply!  They support the Chill Challenge with party supplies, so we can concentrate on the DIPPING and DODGING! 


Will you DIP or DODGE on New Year's Day? 


Thanks to Rob Licht Custom Saunas for providing a mobile sauna at the event!

This year, we will have a mobile sauna at the Chill Challenge!  Dippers, Dodgers, supporters, bystanders.... anyone can take a break from the hectic world in a custom mobile sauna provided by Rob Licht.  


WIll you DIP or DODGE on New Year's Day? 



One of our prizes this year is a fantastic handmade mug from LOLA LOVE pottery, which can be found at markets and pop ups throughout the Ithaca area.  Thank you Lola!! 


Will you DIP or DODGE on New Year's Day? 


Ithaca Chill Challenge 2024 Sponsors

Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc

Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc

518 West Seneca St Ithaca, NY 14850