YWCA has successful swimming fundraiser


LEWISTON – The YWCA of Central Maine held its annual Swimarama fundraiser in April under a changed format. The results were successful.

“We decided to allow patrons to swim at their convenience instead of staging one big evening event,” said Pam Gallant, director of aquatics. “We know families are all busy and asking people to add one more event to their hectic schedules makes it impossible for some. We found that people enjoyed being able to fit this event into their schedules based upon their schedules – not ours.”

The YWCA has held the event every year for the past 12 with mixed results. The past two years, corporate sponsors have helped to support the fundraiser with sponsorships and swim teams.

“We had wonderful support from our patrons who received pledges for their swimming efforts,” said Kim Finnerty, assistant director of aquatics. “We had swimmers from our child care classes who were as young as 4 years of age all the way up to one patron who is approaching 90 years of age. They all helped to support us by swimming and receiving tremendous pledge support. We were very excited to see so many people help us this year.”

Changes planned for the future include an increase in marketing to attract more swimmer with pledges, a possible change in the time of year and more corporate challenges.

“This fundraiser is important to our organization and helps us to maintain our Olympic-sized pool in good condition. We appreciate everyone’s support – both corporate sponsors and swimmers,” said Anne Craigs, executive director.

To learn more about the programs at the YWCA, visit the Web at www.ywcamaine.org or call 795-4050.