Swimathon Raises Over $11,000 for Angel View

January 11, 2016

Angel View capped off 2015 with a record-breaking fundraiser.  On December 31, 40+ swimmers participated in the 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Day 100x100 Swimathon raising over $11,000, which is more than the first three years of the Swimathon combined.

“I am elated with the participation from swimmers and donors,” said event creator and organizer Steven Erickson, CPA, managing partner of Maryanov Madsen Gordon & Campbell. “The Swimathon was an amazing way to wrap up 2015 and dive into 2016! The money raised will go a long way toward helping local children with disabilities who are served by Angel View, and we’re already planning on how to raise even more money next year.”

The Swimathon was held at the Palm Springs Swim Center, home of the Piranha Masters Swim Team. Several dozen Angel View clients were on hand to cheer the swimmers on as they swam the 10,000 yards (100 yards, 100 times).

Dana Krueger, Robert Breitel, Abby Kartzinel and Erickson swam even further for Angel View, completing an astonishing 11,000 yards or 6.25 miles. Elizabeth Wickham joined the Piranha Masters in April 2105 and swam a personal-best of 5,000 yards. Piranha swimmers Geoff Johansen and Sunday Tomlin each completed 8,000 yards.

Kartzinel, from Ladera Ranch, is a gold medalist on the 12-and-under 2015 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming team.  As part of her Bat Mitzvah project, for the first time in her life, she swam a 10K and surpassed her fundraising goal of $1,834.

Donations are still being accepted and can be made online at: www.AngelView.org (please note “swim” in the comments field).

Founded in 1954, Angel View offers three primary services for people with disabilities: 24-hour residential care for children and adults with disabilities, a therapeutic Day Program for adults with disabilities; and Angel View Outreach, which assistance to local families struggling to raise children with disabilities. Angel View resale stores in Riverside and San Bernardino counties generate vital revenues that enable the nonprofit to provide an exceptional quality of life for clients.

For more information, visit www.AngelView.org, email info@angelview.org, or call (760) 329-6471.


Timmy’s Story

Timmy spent his childhood baffling the medical community. His digestive issues and seizure activity were so profound, doctors didn’t understand how he could still be alive. His mom devoted herself to medical research and finding a place that could care for her son. Between hospitalizations, he lived in various group homes in New York. At the last one, he had so many injuries his mom sought another solution. They headed west.

Since moving into an Angel View home, Timmy is calmer, more expressive, and has far fewer seizures. He loves the staff, his housemates, our therapy dogs and his word board. He’s so adored by staff, his mother says happily, “Now he has more than one mommy.”