This is a letter to the editor from the organizers of the Ithaca Chill Challenge. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit letters to the editor, send them to Matt Butler at

Dear Ithaca Voice Editor:

It is with so much gratitude that we’d like to thank everyone who helped make our 7th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge a festive and rousing success on New Year’s Day. We are delighted to have raised over $52,000! —money which will go directly to maintaining and improving our historic building at 518 W. Seneca St. as a place where anyone dealing with addiction of any type can come for support and fellowship. Thank you to all our participants and all our donors; you can still find them on our website at Thank you to the fabulous Ithaca Yacht Club for providing the perfect venue.

We especially want to thank our corporate sponsors for providing the funds for “Match Day”: The Jack Engel Young Fund/The Community Foundation of Tompkins County, Schickel Construction, Maguire Auto, Beck Equipment, Civil Advocacy Project, CSP Management, Jeff Feirman Construction, Tompkins Trust Company, The Alcohol & Drug Council, Ithaca Police Benevolent Association, Carol Miller, and Trade Design Build.

In addition, so many wonderful local businesses supported us with donations of prizes and services: August Moon Spa and the Bistro at La Tourelle, Kitchen Theatre, Cinemapolis, Pasta Vitto/Viva Taqueria, Mercato/Cent Dix, The Antlers, Monks on the Commons, Mahogany Grill, Gola Osteria, 15 Steps, Buffalo Street Books, Cat’s Pajamas, Moosewood, Brookton’s Market, Gimme!, Wegmans, NYS Police Dive Team, Bangs Ambulance, Ithaca Bakery, Rick’s Rental World, B&W Supply, and remarc solutions, who created and oversees our awesome website.

This is an astonishing list! We live in an astonishing community! Time and again, businesses come through when we ask for their support. Let’s support them back! Shop local! Go out to eat!

Happy New Year to all,
The Ithaca Chill Challenge Committee
Ithaca Community Recovery
518 West Seneca Street
Ithaca, NY 14850