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Brave the cold and dive into the Hudson for annual 11th annual Polar Plunge

This Is Me Foundation Polar Plunge 2023

Local residents will be plunging into the cold waters of the Hudson River on New Year’s Day to raise money for a great cause. The 11h Annual Polar Plunge, Sponsored by Sun Pharmaceuticals Limited, Lanza Family Foundation, The Thomas R. Bertoline Youth Athletic Foundation and Rotary Club of Peekskill benefits the This is Me Foundation. All proceeds from the plunge will go towards college scholarships for local students who have faced adversity, or helped a friend through adversity, as well as national scholarships to students who have alopecia.


The 11th annual Polar Plunge will be held at the Peekskill Riverfront Green at 12:00 p.m. sharp on January 1, 2024 and is open to the public to watch and cheer on the brave plungers. The weather looks to be cooperating this year as January 1st, 2024 has sunshine and a mix of clouds with a high around 40F according to  If interested in plunging or donating, visit Plungers are required to register by December 30th to participate.

For more information, or to learn more about the This Is Me Foundation and the This is Me Scholarship Fund, please visit the website at or Facebook page at

As reported by the Peekskill Herald, the first Polar Plunge, where participants strip down to their bathing suits and run into the cold waters of the Hudson River, on Jan. 1, 2013, attracted 11 entrants and raised $2,400. In 2018, a record-setting 80 participants raised more than $13,500. Last year, however, a Record number of Polar Plungers raise $25K for charity as the Regina Clarkin reported.

January 2023 This is Me Foundation Polar Plunge

The This Is Me Foundation, founded by Peekskill residents and sisters Caitlin & Lauren Brady, is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to raise awareness about alopecia, an auto- immune disease that causes hair loss, while giving hope to any individual who faces adversity. All proceeds go directly to the This Is Me Scholarship Fund, Inspired by Ryan Risco & Cait Chivonne Polhill. The fund has awarded 125 $500.00 scholarships locally and nationally since 2012, and recently announced their 2024 scholarship program.


Please remember December is nearing its end and this is the last chance to donate to the Peekskill Herald’s big annual fundraising campaign – where every dollar we raise is matched, dollar for dollar, by major national funders through our partnership with NewsMatch. Every dollar counts and helps keep this 501c3 organization thriving. 

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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]