Westy Self Storage is supporting the eighth annual Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America (SAA) event on June 21 in Stamford, Conn., to benefit the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). The event is expected to draw hundreds of swimmers, who will plunge into the Long Island Sound, an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. All funds raised will support local foundations and initiatives, such as the Greenwich/Stamford-based ACGT, with 85 cents of each dollar raised donated directly to the cause.
The event begins at ACGT headquarters at 96 Cummings Point Road. Participants can choose their open-water distance: .5 miles, 1.5 miles or 3 miles. Non-swimmers are also able to participate as boaters, kayakers or land volunteers. Each participant in the three swims is required to raise a minimum of $500 (swimmers under the age of 18 have a $300 minimum).
“We’re hoping to raise half a million dollars at this year’s Greenwich-Stamford event,” said Matt Vossler, who co-founded SAA in 1987 in Connecticut with friend Jeff Keith.
“Every year, we are amazed by the heroic individuals and groups that swim in honor of a loved one or friend,” said Janel Jorgensen McArdle, SAA president, an Olympic medalist and Connecticut native. “This year we are encouraged to see even more people swimming for someone they love, and are also incredibly moved by the large number of cancer survivors we have participating.”
Additional national and local sponsors include Balance Bar, Chobani, Classic Kids, Donut Delight, LeTarte Swimwear, Poland Spring, Richards of Greenwich, Upper Crust Bagels, Whole Foods and Xterra.
SAA events include 18 open-water swims and hundreds of pool swims annually. The organization has raised more than $55 million for cancer research and treatment, with $460,000 donated to ACGT last year.
ACGT is a nonprofit dedicated exclusively to cancer-gene therapy, supporting cancer research internationally.
Founded in 1990, Westy Self Storage is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. The company's portfolio of facilities spans the tri-state area of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.