The 9th Annual Polar Plunge took place on Jan. 1, 2022, at the Peekskill Riverfront to benefit the This Is Me Foundation Scholarship Fund. As of Jan. 2, $15,284 had been raised, with donations still coming in. In its first event, in 2012, $2,420 was raised. The event was not held in 2021.
The total raised since the Polar Plunge began is approximately $75,000, said Lauren Brady, co-founder with her sister Cait of the Foundation and the Scholarship program.
The This Is Me Foundation is a 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.