Press Release

Contact: Jenise Lucey, Executive Director
Berkshire South Regional Community Center



Adaptive Needs Swim-a-thon Fundraiser a Splashing Success

Great Barrington, Mass – Berkshire South Regional Community Center (BSRCC) held its 3rd annual Swim-a-thon fundraiser on Saturday, March 9, 2013.  Held in conjunction with the Center’s annual Health & Wellness Day, the Swim-a-thon was a great success, raising over $5,000 for BSRCC’s adaptive initiatives.

The funds will be used to support the purchase of significantly needed adaptive equipment at the Center. There were 15 swimmers who participated and raised money through sponsorships and 16 volunteers who supported the event; including individuals with differing abilities in both regards.  Swimmers were encouraged to swim up to 200 lengths in 2 hours, which averages 3 miles swum per participant.

One measure of success can be accredited to the swimmers. From ages 7 and up, this fundraiser became more than a community effort, but a family one as well. One team consisted of a father and his two sons; another was a mother and her son. Family members could be seen motivating their swimmers by cheering at the edges of the pool; some were swimming alongside for extra encouragement. Founding trustee Joan Hudson Kopperl and Board of Trustee Treasurer Steve McAlister served as personal cheerleaders and lap counters for Executive Director swimmer, Jenise Lucey.

BSRCC strives to address the needs of all their members. At the Center you will find a specially trained team that offers classes and individualized trainings for all abilities. The adaptive member base is a priority, and they continue to educate themselves in order to address the needs of these members while staying focused on keeping programs accessible and adaptable to everyone.

For more information about the Swim-a-thon or the adaptive initiatives, contact Laura Martin, Director of Programs at 413-528-2810 ext. 20.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay. Our mission is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires.