The Northern Westchester Examiner

New Year’s Day Polar Plunge in Peekskill to Benefit Students

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The 4th Annual Polar Plunge, planned by the This Is Me Foundation and sponsored by The Quiet Man Public House, will take place at noon sharp on New Year’s Day at the Riverfront Green in Peekskill where local residents will enter the frigid Hudson River for a good cause.

All proceeds from the plunge will go towards college scholarships for local students who have faced an adversity, or helped a friend through a tough time, as well as national scholarships to students who have alopecia, an auto-immune disease that causes hair loss.

The This Is Me Foundation was founded by Peekskill residents Caitlin and Lauren Brady to raise awareness about alopecia. The This Is Me Scholarship Fund, inspired by Ryan Risco and Cait Chivonne Polhill, has provided 20 scholarships locally and nationally since 2012 and will present eight scholarships in 2016.

The plunge is open to the public to watch and cheer on the participants. Anyone interested in taking the plunge can email the This Is Me Foundation at by December 31. To sponsor a plunger or make a donation, visit

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