Swim Across America’s 4th Annual Hamptons Open-Water Swim was held at Fresh Pond Beach in Amagansett on Saturday and once again the event is expected to raise roughly $100,000 to help fight cancer. According to event organizers,100 swimmers participated on the day of the swim, including some of the top individual fundraisers such as Wendy Tarlow, who was the top individual fundraiser at nearly $3,000; Ric Stott, Lucy Emptage, Dushy Roth and Lee Minetree, who each raised over $1,000 for the event.
Team Fighting Chance, which is the main beneficiary of the race, was the top team having raised roughly $10,000 in total.
“We had a director, Dushy Roth, and she got some 10 year-old kids and a couple of teenagers, even an aging 64 year-old to swim, namely me,” said Duncan Darrow, the chairman of Fighting Chance. “The kids in particular went nuts over Twitter and Facebook, so it goes viral. Dushy Roth deserves a lot of credit and the kids deserve a lot of credit.”
Swim Across America holds dozens of events across the country, each with its own distinct personality. The Hamptons event is supported by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad and, according to Darrow, proceeds from the event make up a large portion of Fighting Chance’s annual budget.
The swim also benefits cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Cold Spring Harbor Lab and The Feinstein Institute of North Shore-LIJ Hospital.