Racine’s Splash and Dash started on January 1st, 1990 with 8 Racine firefighters. The group was gathered at Madden’s on Main discussing the misfortunes of a family whose house was involved in a fire. An idea came forward that people would pledge money to see these firefighters jump in Lake Michigan and that money would be given to the local family to help them get back on their feet.
Since that day in 1990 the Splash and Dash has grown to see hundreds of Racine residents jump in Lake Michigan on January 1st. Hundreds more come down to North Beach every year to witness this bone-chilling event.
Along with the growth of participation came more donations for local charities. All of the money and food which is collected during the jump goes to local Racine charities. In the past the donations went to buy smoke detectors for homes, money for homeless shelters,and food for local food pantries.
More than $20,000 was raised each of the last 3 years. The Splash and Dash believes in helping the Racine community with the basic necessities of food and shelter. That is why the money raised goes to the Racine County Food Bank and HALO (Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization). Last year the Splash and Dash included the Kiwanis Foundation as a benefactor of the jump and seven $1,000 scholarships were given to Racine youths.
Please join us down on North Beach this New Year’s Day to celebrate a great tradition and help our Racine community.