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Arctic Splash 2024 for Ireland’s Dream raises over $13,000


Members of the Shillelagh’s baseball team coming back out of the water after their run. Photos by Gary Gould

Members of the Shillelagh’s baseball team coming back out of the water after their run. Photos by Gary Gould

DAVISON TWP. — Even though temperatures were warmer for February and there was no ice to be found on Lake Callis, the 2nd Annual Arctic Splash for Ireland’s Dream was still a success.

The bone-chilling event raised $13,626.34 toward the mission of Ireland’s Dream – providing revolutionary therapy for children with cerebral palsy, right here in Davison.

The Arctic Splash was held at Lake Callis, 1152 N. Gale Rd., on Saturday, Feb. 10.

“We’re really excited to get going and to let you know we had some really big team donations this year,” said Megan Strauchman, co-founder of Ireland’s Dream. “And some really big individuals and we can’t wait to share trophies.”

Stacy Hurley of Ireland’s Dream said the team totals were as follows: Danse Mom’s – $3,859.20; Shillelagh’s baseball team – $3,851.22; TC Strong – $1,152.10; the Hank Graff Tie Icicles – $2557.34; and Davison Best Western – $566.65.

Stu Selesky of Davison was first to go into the frigid waters of Lake Callis, Feb. 10.

Stu Selesky of Davison was first to go into the frigid waters of Lake Callis, Feb. 10.

Hurley said the individual who raised the most money was Megan Kage with $1,355.95

Total for the teams and individuals was $12,626.34 and then sponsors provided $1,000 for the grand total $13,626.34.

Trophies were awarded to the highest-fundraising individual participant.

Ireland’s Dream is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building a progressive a therapy center for children with cerebral palsy that is affordable for all.

The campus of Ireland’s Dream will be located off of Lippincott in Davison and will be home to an alternative therapy, event center, Olympic size pool, living area, fully handicap accessible playground and handicap accessible baseball diamond.

The Davison-Richfield Area Fire Department had firefighters in water rescue gear in the water ready to assist in case anyone had any trouble while in the water.

Details: Visit www.irelandsdream.com.

The Danse Mom’s enjoying a brisk swim at the Arctic Splash.

The Danse Mom’s enjoying a brisk swim at the Arctic Splash.

Chris Graff, fearless leader of the Tie Icicles, proving to everyone it wasn’t that cold.

Chris Graff, fearless leader of the Tie Icicles, proving to everyone it wasn’t that cold.

The Hank Graff Tie Icicles after taking the plunge. Photos by Gary Gould

The Hank Graff Tie Icicles after taking the plunge. Photos by Gary Gould