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Staci and Chad Swim for the Bay

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All done!
August 13, 2016

We came, we saw, we swam the Bay! It was a drizzly but still warm morning. Now it is pouring so glad we are all done but Chad and I finished  See more
Staci Haag

THE STORY:

In just over a month (August 13), I am going to swim two miles across the Grand Traverse Bay, one of the most beautiful and dynamic bodies of water I have been lucky enough to see, let alone live near. This isn’t just for fun, but will raise money that will go towards supporting the Grand Traverse Watershed. Please consider a contribution of $50, $25, or whatever works best for you. I appreciate whatever support you can give, and remember, I’ll be swimming two miles across the Bay to earn your money.

In February of 2012, stuck in the US Embassy in Cairo getting ready to be evacuated from Egypt, but not allowed to go back and pack up my apartment, I was asked where I wanted the contents of my apartments sent. When, just a few months’ shy of my 40th Birthday, I was forced to answer, “My parents’ garage,” to that question, I immediately made a decision.

I needed a home.

I wasn’t even sure what was in my storage unit, but five years without a permanent home, just work housing to work housing needed to end. The good thing was that I had lived and/or traveled to so many places that I had the whole world to choose from. The bad thing is that it is a big, beautiful world and I had so many places to choose from.

Ultimately, I decided on Traverse City, Michigan. Some people who know me thought it seemed a bit crazy, after the energy of larger cities like Cairo, Dubai, DC, I chose a town of 14,000 people, with no international airport, and more trees than pretty much anything else.

But, I wanted a retreat, a place, where I could bike and walk pretty much everywhere. There are wineries, microbreweries, and amazing restaurants. And the awesome summer makes up (mostly) for the less than awesome winters.

And of course, Lake Michigan. Every day, I wake up, and generally, depending on the season either walk or bike on the trail behind my house to downtown, sometimes heading to yoga, sometimes for a run, sometimes to visit my awesome nieces (and their parents), sometimes just headed to a great meal (or a long bike ride before a great meal). As I take the first turn on the trail I see Boardman Lake and the mouth of the Boardman River, and am always taken aback at how lucky I am to live here.

So, all that is why I am going to attempt to swim two miles across Grand Traverse Bay in August, to help an organization that is dedicated to protecting the Bay and the surrounding watershed. And why I’m asking you to support this by contributing $50, $25, or as much as you can afford. Thanks for anything you can do, I know there are a lot of great causes out there, so any contribution is greatly appreciated.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,925

MONEY RAISED
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  • Gregg Marco

    $25

  • Heidi Jaafar

    $25

  • Read Scott Martin

    $100

  • Roger & Carol Haag

    $100

  • Candy Fletcher

    $100

  • Mirjana Kovacevic

    $50

  • Amal

    $25

  • Budimir Milic

    $50

  • Kate, Jeff, Tessa & Phoebe

    $25

  • Jayne & Kin Flores

    $50

  • Eric & Kelly

    $25

  • Amy & Roger

    $50

  • Christine & Mitch

    $50

  • Marnie Valdivia

    $25

  • Buckeye

     

  • Jill Poyle

    $50

  • Jen and Matt Bourdo

    $50

  • Mike Kaplan

    $25

  • Kate & Jon Vogel

    $100

  • Slobodan Milic

    $50

  • Shaine

    $50

  • Maura Dougherty

    $50

  • Jelena Sesar

    $25

  • Carla Clemons

    $25

  • Brian Walsworth

    $50

  • "DCCC intern who was infatuated with Staci"

    $100

  • ZachR

    $25

  • Edison Welch

    $50

  • Julianna Smoot

    $100

  • Kate Head

     

  • Dave, Clare, Brendan and Will

    $50

  • Amy Pritchard

    $50

  • Heather

    $50

  • Best Friend to Chester the Molester

    $100

  • Mary Louise Vitelli

    $100

  • Carol Haag

    $25

  • Jayne Flores

    $25

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385% Raised of $500 Goal

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The Team: $1,925 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Staci Haag

Amount Raised

$1,725

 

345% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chad Haag

Amount Raised

$200

Donor Comments

Jayne Flores

Jayne Flores

DONATION: $25

You go, cousins! 2 months ago

Carol Haag

Carol Haag

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Mary Louise Vitelli

Mary Louise Vitelli

DONATION: $100

Staci, water matters! Thanks for your efforts! 1 year ago

Best Friend to Chester the Molester

Best Friend to Chester the Molester

DONATION: $100

You won't drown by swimming - only by staying in the water... 1 year ago

Heather

Heather

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Amy Pritchard

Amy Pritchard

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Dave, Clare, Brendan and Will

Dave, Clare, Brendan and Will

DONATION: $50

Go Staci and Chad!! 1 year ago

Kate Head

Kate Head

Tribute? You are my tribute to district bay. 1 year ago

Julianna Smoot

Julianna Smoot

DONATION: $100

Go Staci!! 1 year ago

Edison Welch

Edison Welch

DONATION: $50

Go Aunt Staci!! 1 year ago