The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade has established the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund, created in honor of Jenny Hong Nguyen, a 12-year-old South Florida girl who drowned on April 16, 2011, after she went into water too deep for her limited swimming ability.
The fund will provide Miami-Dade County youth with water safety information and offer scholarships for learn-to-swim lessons to children who can’t afford to pay for lessons, beginning in the summer of 2013.
Donation opportunities are as follows:
• Swim for Jenny Supporters (up to $499)
• Swim for Jenny Champions ($500-$999)
• Swim for Jenny Buddy ($1,000)
• Coach ($2,500)
• Lifeguard (starting at $5,000)
A donation of $30 will sponsor one child, a donation of $150 sponsors five children, and a donation of $300 sponsors up to 10 children (number of swim lessons based on Miami-Dade County pool fees).
All donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.
In a special evening tribute to honor Jenny’s memory on the one-year anniversary of her accident, there will be a reception on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL. The event will not only serve as a tribute to Jenny, but will also recognize current Swim for Jenny Fund donors.
If you like to swim, you can take part in iSwim for Jenny, a fundraising event in which participants will swim a cumulative number of laps of a pool. Swimmers are encouraged to solicit donation pledges from family, friends, neighbors, and local businesses for a flat donation fee for the event (i.e., $10) or based on the number of laps completed with the promise of doing a set number of laps per lengths of the pool (i.e., $0.05/length for 100 lengths = $5).
iSwim for Jenny is scheduled for August 13-18, 2012, at participating Miami-Dade Parks and community pools. For more information on how to take part in iSwim for Jenny, or for a list of pools, please visit the Swim for Jenny website at www.swimforjenny.org.
Nationally, drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among children ages one to 14. Florida has the second-highest number of drowning incidents in the U.S., and Miami-Dade County leads the state in drowning deaths with an average of 45 a year.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit the Swim For Jenny website.