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Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, announces Million Dollar Swim, September 7, 2002.

Million Dollar Swim-15th Annual Provincetown Harbor Swim For Life & Paddler Flotilla Aids Benefit & Community Festival Set For Saturday, September 7, 2002; Pool Splash Added Feature.

Swimmers and paddlers from across the country are invited to converge on Cape Cod for the Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla AIDS Benefit & Community Festival celebrating its 15th year on September 7, 2002. The 2001 event raised over $140,000 from 300 swimmers and paddlers, bringing the 14 year total to $925,000-2002 is entitled "The Million Dollar Swim". The event is organized by artist Jay Critchley.

Business sponsors for this year to date include: The Provincetown Banner, Mike's Movies/Boston, Off the Coast Kayaks & Rentals, and Paul Mitchell. The Swim for Life is sponsored in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The event benefits the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Helping Our Women, the Provincetown Life Ministry, Outer Cape Health Services, the Family Tree Project, and the Art Archives.

This popular post-Labor Day community festival will be held at the Boatslip Beach Club, 161 Commercial Street and includes the Celebration of Life Concert on Friday and the Mermaid Brunch at the Bas Relief Park following the Swim on Saturday. The t-shirt design will include the names of all 1,000 swimmers and paddlers over the Swim's 14 year history.

For registration forms for swimmers, paddlers, security boaters, Pool Splash, and for volunteer opportunities contact:

Swim for Life
P.O. Box819
Provincetown, MA 02657
508-487-3684
email, thecompact@attbi.com,
and at its website, www.swim4life.org.

The Swim is proud to announce the addition of the Pool Splash this year. This new opportunity is intended for swimmers who, for any reason, are unable to participate in the harbor swim. The Pool Splash was inspired by Barbara Punis, who last year recovered from a serious accident by swimming in a pool until she reached her goal of over a mile, and raised $1,000 in the process. Volunteer Betty Villari is seeking a group of private and commercial pool owners to host swimmers for the Pool Splash
on September 7.

Three special concerts performed by Donna Roll & Friends to benefit the Swim for Life and the Provincetown Art Association & Museum will be held this summer on July 29, August 15, and August 13 at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, 460 Commercial Street, Provincetown.

In 1997 the Circle of Honor was established to acknowledge the contributions of those who have either participated as a swimmer for 10 years, or raised more than $10,000 in pledges. Circle of Honor members to date include: Don Richards, Ted Cass, Glen Cunha, Michael Dively, Daryel Duhaime, Keith Fein, Patrick Finn, Eddie Goldstein, Ed Hudner, Gracie Johnston, Jon MacClaren, Bill Silvestri, Jonas Stankus, Joe Stewart, Steve Syta, and John Tom. Last year's David Asher Volunteer Award was issued to the Provincetown Rescue Squad.

The Provincetown Community Compact, organizer of the event, is a private non-profit tax exempt organization founded in 1993 to support the arts, environment, and well-being of Provincetown. Compact projects include the C-Scape Dune Shack, Art Archives, the Family Tree Project, as well as the Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life, the International Swim for Life (ISWIM), and Tennis for Life. The Compact is a co-founder of the Academy of Art, Science, and Technology at Provincetown High School.

This year Maryland's Swim for Life, an annual event modeled on the Provincetown Swim, is scheduled for July 13; swimmers may visit www.swimdcac.org for further information.

Individuals as well as independent business sponsored teams of swimmers and kayakers are encouraged to participate. For registration forms for swimmers or boaters, and volunteer opportunities

Contact:
Swim forLife
P.O. Box 819
Provincetown, MA 02657
www.swim4life.org, or email: thecompact@attbi.com.