YMCA Staffer Swims 50 Lakes in 50 Days to Raise Funds for a New Floatable Alligator for Aquatic Center

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YMCA Aquatic Coordinator Jane Hansen is swimming 50 lakes in 50 days, one mile per lake, to raise money to purchase a new PLAYTIME floatable alligator for the YMCA Aquatic Center in Brainerd, MN. The pool is upgrading its water play area to include more activities for kids of all ages.

Kids have fun swimming with a PLAYTIME floatable alligator at the water park. YMCA staffer Jane Hansen is swimming 50 lakes in 50 days to raise money for an alligator pool toy.

Kids have fun swimming with a PLAYTIME floatable alligator at the water park. YMCA staffer Jane Hansen is swimming 50 lakes in 50 days to raise money for an alligator pool toy.

We are impressed by Jane's initiative in coming up with an innovative way to raise money with a fundraiser swim for new water play floatables and water walk equipment for her YMCA pool.

YMCA Aquatic Coordinator Jane Hansen is swimming 50 lakes in 50 days, one mile per lake, to raise money to purchase a new PLAYTIME floatable alligator for the YMCA Aquatic Center in Brainerd, MN.

“Why are we doing this? Our aquatics center is such an awesome place for kids and families to play and have fun,” says Hansen. “However, over the years, some of our floatable "toys" have disintegrated and become unusable. The funds raised will go to replace these items.”

“Our first goal will be a new alligator. If that goal can be met, we will work on getting new pool safety pads for our lily pad water walk crossing. PLAYTIME, the company that makes these, has gotten excited about our challenge and has offered us a significant discount if we can come up with enough money for both!”

Hansen began her fundraising swim on June 29, 2012, swimming three Minnesota lakes - Red Sand, White Sand and Perch Lakes – on the first day. She will be accompanied by Margaret Schaefer in a kayak for all swims, (who has successfully guided her on longer swims in very crazy conditions).

“We are impressed by Jane’s initiative in coming up with an innovative way to raise money with a fundraiser swim for new water play floatables and water walk equipment for her YMCA community pool,” says Evelyn Hernandez, Water Park Specialist for PLAYTIME, LLC.

Donations can be made now through Pay Pal at http://50lakesin50days.blogspot.com, or by picking up a pledge sheet at Brainerd Family YMCA Aquatics Center, located at 602 Oak Street, Brainerd, MN 56401. All checks should be made out to the Brainerd YMCA with a notation saying it is for the fundraiser swims.

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