PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- It's cold and there's snow on the ground, but that did not stop dippers from running into the ice cold water to raise money for Camp Sunshine.

Nine dips are planned across the Northeast and Mid Atlantic through march to reach the goal of $250,000. Two other events were held today in New Jersey and Virginia.

Over 100 dippers attended the polar dip today at East End Beach in Portland. Most ran in and quickly ran out, but some stayed in a little longer for a "double dip".

"I feel exhilerated. Is that even a thing? I can't feel my feet, but my upper body feels great." Said one dipper who decided to dance around in the water before making another dunk.

Camp Sunshine focuses solely on donations from organizations and events to cover the costs of a retreat on Sebago Lake in Casco for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.