YMCA hosts swim-a-thon

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:49

    HARDYSTON-The Sussex County YMCA will be hosting a charity Swim-A-Thon on Sunday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hardyston YMCA. There will be lots of activities for people of all ages, including lap swimming all day, open pool from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., a bake sale, mini-massages, a caricature artist, free snacks and beverages. Those 18 and older can use of the whirlpool, sauna and steam room. In addition, the first 200 people to come in and make a donation will receive a free T-shirt. All proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Diane Sidoli Fund, which helps to support Diane Sidoli, a West Milford resident who was seriously injured by a drunk driver almost a year ago. With medical expenses far exceeding the coverage provided by her insurance, Diane has had to struggle with a tremendous financial burden, in addition to the obstacles brought on by her injuries. The money raised at the swim-a-thon will be used to help cover the cost of Diane's prosthetic legs, and for renovations to make her home wheelchair accessible. Kurt Haas, executive director of the Sussex County YMCA, said, "The Swim-A-Thon is a real ‘win-win situation' for anyone who attends. In addition to having a great time, participants will also be supporting a noble and worthy cause." There is a $10 donation to the Diane Sidoli Fund as an entrance fee, while children under 5 are free. Donations in addition to the entrance fee will be accepted and greatly appreciated. This event is sponsored in part by Caricatures by Dominck Tucci, Grano Chiropractic, Hamburg Veterinary Clinic, Lakeland Bankcorp, Lamp Post Inn, Liaison Services, Sussex Bike and Sport Shop, and Vernon Massage and Wellness. For more information, call 973-209-9622 or visit www.sussexcountyymca.org. The Sussex County YMCA is a branch of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, the largest YMCA in the state of New Jersey, serving over 65,000 people annually. Its mission is to enrich the lives of the children, families and communities it serves, through programs that build spirit, mind and body, welcoming all people, in an environment nurturing positive values. Its five branch facilities, located in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hardyston and Stillwater, provide a wide variety of services and activities. Programs for children include quality all-day and after-school childcare, pre-school and kindergarten classes, recreational and enrichment programs such as swimming, sports, arts, computer activities, and day and sleep-away camps. Programs for adolescents and teens include sports, parties and club activities. Programs for adults and seniors are also available.