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ITHACA, N.Y. –– Last year we all got together at the Yacht Club to celebrate New Year’s Day with a polar plunge into the lake. Wasn’t it a blast? Or maybe you missed it—but don’t miss it this year! What could be more of a fresh start than a chilly Dip? Some participants will be there in person, going into the lake, and Dodgers, friends and family will be laughing at a livestream from their cozy living rooms. It’ll be our ​6t​h​ Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge​, and we want you to join the fun; visit our website at, find a friend, and donate to ‘Dip’ them in the lake.

The Chill Challenge raises money for Ithaca Community Recovery (ICR), which plays an invaluable role in helping people whose lives are affected by addiction; people who come together to practice recovery, fellowship, and service. Now more than ever, this community needs support! ICR has invested in technology to allow meetings to continue safely, with some there in person and some online. Our commitment is to make the building at 518 West Seneca Street (where ICR is housed) safe, affordable and available every day, 365 days a year.

A polar plunge with a twist​:​ Not everyone who registers to participate ends up in the icy waters of Cayuga Lake. Fund-raising features “Dip” or “Dodge” options—for each participant, donors contribute to either “dip” them into the lake or let them “dodge” and cheer from their living rooms. On New Year’s Eve at midnight, the higher total for each participant prevails. If more money went to Dip a Participant… in they go. Regardless of who winds up in the lake and who dodges, 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 of them, everyone will be able to celebrate and welcome in the new year.

Ithaca Chill Challenge registration is open now and closes on New Year’s Eve. Donate to any registered participant on-line at or print out the form to mail in. Then come celebrate with us on New Year’s Day online or in person if you are dipping.

We will be observing the recommended safety protocols in place at the time of the event. Everyone there in person will be wearing masks, changing in a disinfected, heated changing area, and dipping at appointed times rather than all together. Donations welcome anytime! Support this gem of a local non-profit now and join us in this​ annual celebration of recovery.


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