CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club opened its pool and its heart Sunday, July 13 to host its third annual charity swim on behalf of Swim Across America to raise money for cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
According to club spokesperson Carrie Dillon, nearly 50 swimmers of all ages participated by swimming either a half mile or a mile, raising more than $35,000 with donations still coming in.
"Many participants were swimming in memory of loved ones who had battled cancer or to honor those who are battling it now," Dillon said in a report to the Daily Voice. "For some of them, it was their first time swimming these distances and they were encouraged by enthusiastic parents,volunteers and spectators."
Bobby Hackett, Katonah resident and 1976 Olympic silver medalist in the 1500-meter freestyle, also gave a swim clinic on competitive training techniques as part of the event, according to Dillon.
Local vendors who donated refreshments or offered their services for the Swim Across America raffle included Le Jardin du Roi, Bagel Emporium, Healthy Choice Apothecary, Starbucks, Susan Lawrence Sherry B, Patrick Filacchione, Auntie Penny, Mango Cafe, Truck Restaurant, CrossFit Pleasantville and Mount Kisco.