Fundraising Complete - Successful English Channel Swim!
Organized by: Melissa Kegler
Successful swim, fundraising complete!
September 09, 2017
EVENT DATE Aug 15, 2017
Thank you all for wanting to be a part of our journey to England in 2017, in attempt to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming! I say “our journey” because as every marathon swimmer knows, it takes a family of dedicated, passionate people to complete any swim. This is a journey that is ours and with your donation we will be one step closer.
Love of Water: For those of you who know me, I love the water. It is where I am my happiest, it is where I find peace, it is where I find strength in my abilities, and where I find harmony and respect for Mother Nature. I find joy in sharing my passion of the water with others, have helped many of my friends and teammates find peace with the water, have inspired and been inspired by others to continue swimming.
I’ve always considered myself to have an above average respect for the water, its power, and strength. I’ve worked hard all my life to achieve my goals. I’ve had to do the training, sacrifice, build a network of friends and teammates to train with, put in the time, and dedicate myself to the water. Through coaching for Vo2 Multisport, training at Build Performance Center, being a part of the Notorious Alki Swimmer family, and growing awareness for open water swimming through membership with NOWSA (Northwest Open Water Swimming Association), I am able to give back to all of those who have helped me along the way.
The Goal: To complete the prestigious Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming which consists of the following three recognized marathon swims:
1. Completed September 2016! The Catalina Channel: 20.2 miles (33 km) across the Catalina Channel in Southern California
2. Scheduled August 2017, The English Channel: 21 miles (33.7 km) across the English Channel between England and France
3. Planned 2018, 20 Bridges: 28.5 miles (45.8 km) around the Manhattan Island in New York
Your Donation, Our Dream: Most of, if not all of you, have had a direct impact on my recent success at Catalina and have asked where you can donate to be a part of our journey to England. Your donation will help cover expenses for the English Channel in 2017 (boat, crew, travel, lodging, supplies, etc). A percentage of all monetary contributions will be donated to The Zoo Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit fundraising organization whose purpose is to lend financial, volunteer and community support to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in order to promote responsible stewardship of earth’s limited resources through education, conservation, research, preservation and recreational opportunities throughout the Pacific NW, the Pacific Rim and beyond. I am proud to support a local organization equally passionate about animal conservation and wellness.
Individual/Business Sponsorships: All donations welcome. Individual and corporate sponsorships are also available for your name and/or company logo to be included on my swim blog, In the Blue at melissakegler.com as well as placed on Swimmer/Supporter/Crew apparel. Sponsors, please contact me for additional information through my blog at melissakegler.com. Individual/Business Sponsorships retroactive available to take into account donations previously submitted.
Thank you so much and I look forward to achieving our dream together!