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Gibraltar Swim - Spain to Morocco

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BENEFITING: DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY TELEVISION CENTER INC

EVENT DATE: Aug 23, 2013

Matthew O'Neill

THE STORY:

During the week of August 18th I will attempt to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar. This is at the absolute edge of my comfort and experience - but I've been training with a small group of friends since January to conquer the 12 miles of cross-currents and container ships, and join the list of fewer than 400 people who ever made it to Morocco without a wetsuit.

This adventure is also an opportunity to raise support for Downtown Community Television Center's (DCTV's) youth documentary fellowship program. For every $2,000 we raise, we'll  support a year-long media fellowship for one of the underserved New York teenagers who come from across the City to DCTV each week to learn documentary production skills and create meaningful media. DCTV is a 501c-3 charity that has been serving young New Yorkers since 1972.

Having worked in the production end of DCTV for the last 10 years, I've seen first hand the transformative effect the media fellowship has on young people, the bonds built between student and teachers, and the great works they produce. Listen here to Ezra (a current senior fellow) describe what the fellowship means to him.

Over the past year, institutional giving for DCTV's youth training program has been drastically cut and we're fighting to keep the program serving as many young New Yorkers as possible. So your support of this project goes directly towards enabling a student to continue participating twice a week in an arts-education program whose small class size and individual instruction have helped its students win acclaim at film festivals across the world - and leads to a 100% success rate at getting into college.

If you haven't been down to DCTV and met some of the Media Fellows, I'd love to give you a tour anytime (except from August 15th-25th when I'm scheduled to swim the strait!). All of the proceeds from this challenge will go directly to the youth media programs at DCTV - and I'm hopeful that this will be part of the combination of fundraising efforts that will keep the youth media fellows at DCTV thriving.

Thank you.

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To This Fundraiser

$11,545

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  • Ronan & Ksenia

    $250

  • D, V & L

    $100

  • Gene

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Catherine & Dale

    $100

  • Cobra Commander

    $50

  • Simon Rodberg

     

  • Marty Spanninger

    $50

  • Geof Bartz

    $100

  • Callum, Tami & Stephen

     

  • Wendy Cohen

     

  • Gary Cohen

    $500

  • Jim Butterworth

    $250

  • Michael Levinson & Amanda Muñoz

    $250

  • Leslie Lee

     

  • Luca Borghese

    $250

  • Ruth Berdah-Canet

     

  • Ellen Goosenberg

    $100

  • Negin Farsad

     

  • Katrina and Michael

     

  • The Krebs Family

    $100

  • Daniel Chalfen

    $50

  • Makiko Harunari & Dave Behr

    $100

  • Elizabeth & Jeremie

    $100

  • Justin, Casey and Sadie

     

  • Nina Chaudry

     

  • Ropa Vieja Films

    $100

  • Ben Foss

    $50

  • sara bernstein

    $100

  • Henry Tibensky

    $25

  • Michael & Lilah Morrissey

    $75

  • David R. Silversmith

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Daniel Junge

    $100

  • Michael Wei

    $125

  • Jon Alpert & Keiko Tsuno

    $200

  • Warrior Poets

     

  • Aunt Jan & Uncle John

    $75

  • Neil Koppel

    $1,000

  • Esther Cassidy and Rob Kuhns

    $50

  • Deni Frand & Mark Green

    $100

  • Donna Cappella

    $50

  • Dan O

     

  • Lori Shinseki

    $150

  • Tim Sternberg

    $25

  • Ethan Fletcher

    $100

  • Team Impetuous

     

  • Bern, TJ, Kristen, Julie, Michael and Tommy

    $100

  • Heloisa

    $200

  • Mom & Dad

    $500

  • Beth Morrissey

    $25

  • Sheila Nevins

    $325

  • Mathew Tombers

    $100

  • Leander's Fan Club

    $20

  • Dr Rob

    $50

  • Olga

    $130

  • Rascal Films

    $250

  • Katie Halper

     

  • Maureen

     

  • Quinn Raymond

    $100

  • Jonathan Zalben

    $100

  • Innes Smolansky

    $50

  • Joshua Blum

     

  • Nicholas Pike

    $100

  • The Neugebauer Family

    $50

  • Kate, Eric and Alex Todrys

    $100

  • Ted Gesing

    $50

  • Nic Rossier

    $100

  • Andrew Boyle

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Dan Goldberg and Leslie Klug

    $100

  • Pablo

    $100

  • Cousin Mike

     

  • Larissa Bills

    $50

  • Lucy

    $25

  • Deepti and David

    $100

  • David Merritt

    $50

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58% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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The Team: $11,545 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Matthew O'Neill

Amount Raised

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52% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Neil Koppel

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Katie Halper

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Mathew Tombers

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Donor Comments

David Merritt

David Merritt

DONATION: $50

All the best Matt! 5 years ago

Deepti and David

Deepti and David

DONATION: $100

Our best wishes and love...awesome cause!!! 5 years ago

Lucy

Lucy

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Go Matt!! Unbelievably impressed and happy to cheer you on you crazy beautiful people!!! 5 years ago

Larissa Bills

Larissa Bills

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Donated in honor of Greg Caldwell-Elliot 5 years ago

Cousin Mike

Cousin Mike

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Pablo

Pablo

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Dan Goldberg and Leslie Klug

Dan Goldberg and Leslie Klug

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Andrew Boyle

Andrew Boyle

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