Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc ~ Ithaca Chill Challenge 2021

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Ithaca Chill Challenge 2021

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

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 almost $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.

The event is on January 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Ithaca Yacht Club. The Ithaca Yacht Club is located at 1090 Glenwood Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.


Our costume prize winners for the 5th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge:

Ithaca Safety League - Viva Taqueria gifts cards

St. Catherine of Siena (Ithaca) Water Walkers - Wegmans (Ithaca, NY) gift cards

G.P.and Ron Campbell - Pasta Vitto Restaurant & Lounge gift cards

Pink Men - AGAVA gist cards

Mother and Son Team (Helen Bigsby , Marc Bigsby, Catherine Rossiter and Thomas) - Rulloff's gift cards


Top Fundraising Teams for the 5th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge:

1st Place - Ithaca Safety League - Coffee Prize Package: Gimme! Coffee! Coffee gift cards for everyone on team, and Assorted Biscotti, Cookies and Chocolates

2nd Place - Polar Express - Movie NIght Package: Cinemapolis Movie Passes for everyone on team and Movie theater candy boxes

3rd Place - Ithaca Yacht Club (IYC) - Night on the Town Package: Gift Cards for Le Cafe Cent-Dix and Monks On The Commons


Our Top Individiual Fundraisers for the 5th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge:

1st place - John Webster - A night at LaTourelle Hotel, breakfast for two plus a gift card for August Moon Spa

2nd place - Kaki Johnston - 15 STEPS Gift Card

3rd place - Firefly - (2) Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance tickets

4th place -- Neal Johnston - Rasa Spa (Cayuga Wellness Center) gift card

5th place - G.P. Zurenda - The Heights Restaurant and H Bar gift certificate


This week's random prize winner - UNCLE CHRISSY!

Uncle Chrissy is this week's random participant winner! Uncle Chrissy have won (2) $25 gift cards from AGAVA, (2) t-shirts and (4) glasses. Yay! We'll give you the goodies at the Yacht club on New Year's Day! Thanks to Agava for the great prize and to Uncle Chrissy for participating!


TMann always shows up!

Thank you to TMann Painting for supporting the 5th Annual Ithaca Chill ChallengeThomas H Mann we appreciate all you do! Please show TMann some love by donating at


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