St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound to Celebrate 25th anniversary

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The annual SWIM Across the Sound, which raises funds for more than 45 cancer services provided through St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, will celebrate it 25th anniversary this year. The fundraiser will take place Saturday  July 28 at Danford’s Marina in Port Jefferson, N.Y. About 225 swimmers, accompanied by a fleet of 110 boat, will launch off the marina at 8:30 a.m. on 15.5 mile journey across the Long Island Sound in Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport.

Saturday, July 28th for the 25th Annual St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound Marathon fundraiser. Approximately 225 swimmers accompanied by a fleet of 110 boats will launch off Danford’s Marina in Port Jefferson, NY at 8:30am, starting the 26 kilometer (15.5 mile) journey across the Sound to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

SWIM Across the Sound helps more than 20,000 people annually, by providing one-on-one financial assistance to cancer patients in the community through with mortgages, utility bills, medications, transportation to and from treatments, groceries, etc.

This year’s swim field is composed of about 17 solo swimmers, 40 team relays of four to six swimmers and five two-person relays. In addition to the “Traditional” and University Challenge” team relays; e are introducing a new non-wetsuit category called “Classic.” All the team members in this category must wear lycra-type suits only.

Each relay team is required to raise a minimum of $7,500, two-person relays are required to raise a minimum of $3,500 and solo swimmers a minimum of $1,500. The event  is one of 35 fundraising events held throughout the year. In 2011, swimmers raised more than $400,000, helping SWIM Across the Sound to reach its annual fundraising goal of $2.6 million.

Members of the public are invited to come down to Captain’s Cove, located at One Bostwick Avenue in the historic Black Rock section of Bridgeport and cheer the swimmers on as they finish this unique event. The maritime amusement center will be alive with music, entertainment, vendor booths, and the boardwalk shops and restaurant will be open, too.

Many swimmers have already registered for this year’s Marathon, however registration is still open. Click on: http://give.stvincents.org/joinmarathon2012 or call the St. Vincent’s Foundation at 203.576.5451 to fill out an application. To support a swimmer, visit the SWIM website by clicking on www.swimacrossthesound.org/marathon2012 and select Support a Swimmer from the left-hand menu.

Amanda Cuda

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