2019 Dolphins Swim-a-Thon!

May 3, 2019
May, 3 2019



  This is the time of year when the Montclair YMCA Dolphin Swim Team holds its annual Swim-a-Thon, our BIG fundraiser. Help us raise money to fund scholarships that enable our whole community to participate in all the Y has to offer, support Dolphin Swim Team activities and pay the final installment of the team’s commitment to share in the cost of the Large Pool Ventilation system. 

   For over 120 years, the Montclair Y has stayed true to its mission; to provide quality programs that help strengthen the mind, body, spirit and community. In addition to aquatics, the Y provides after school care in every public school through grade 8 in Montclair, Verona, Cedar Grove and Bloomfield, health and fitness programs for all ages, activities for Seniors, LiveStrong for members fighting and recovering from cancer, and 9 summer day camp programs and the best part is that no one is turned away for inability to pay. Each year, the Y provides over $400,000 in financial assistance to children, families, adults and seniors, so everyone in the community has the opportunity to participate in its many quality programs, including the Dolphins Swim Team. This is our fifth Swim-a-Thon dedicated to helping those families, and in that time we have donated over $40,000 to the Annual Campaign. Because of you, the Y has been able to:

     • Send over 100 children to Camp at the Lake during the summer.

     • Place over 300 students into Before and After School Care during the school year. 

     • Provide over 400 kids an opportunity to learn to swim in our lesson program. 

  Over the last six years of my involvement with this incredible fundraiser, I have witnessed firsthand the impact it has on our team and our community, and I hope you realize how important you are to helping create that impact. The Dolphins have been the leading the way in contributions to the campaign, and I hope you will help us continue to be at the forefront of giving back to our community.

Please reach out to your extensive social networks and ask them to give to a great cause. Family members near and far are usually more than happy to support your fundraising efforts and our web-based fundraising platform makes it easy. Tell them about the families that can now send their children to camp for the summer or giving a senior an outlet to socialize and exercise, all because of our incredible community's generosity. I understand we're asking a lot from you on top of your already busy lives, but this is a campaign I've always felt very strongly about. Seeing how many of our own swimmers need help to be a part of our program, I can't imagine what their lives would be like without the Y. Without the Dolphins! Even if you convinced just one person to help our campaign, that is one more person helping to literally change the course of people's lives, I believe, for the better. 

  Save the Date! Friday May 3rd, from 4-6pm, will be this year’s Dolphin Swim-A-Thon! There will be music, raffles, fun relays, food, and lots of prizes! Every swimmer that raises $100 will automatically be entered in our raffle for a chance to win one of three Bluetooth headphones! The swimmers that raise the most by 4:00 pm on May 9th will win these great prizes: 

  1st Place- Apple Air Pods w/charging case 

  2nd Place- Tech Suit from California Beach Hut 

  3rd Place- Customized Arena Swim Bag - your choice color and loaded with new equipment.   

    New Prize!! The top fundraising family will win 3 months of Family Membership at the Y 

  The practice group raising the most $$ will have their very own Ice Cream Party at Gelotti.

  There will also be Dolphin Relays! Sign up your relay for a chance to win iTunes Gift Cards! 

    Our team goal is $25,000. I know, that sounds like a big number, but if every swimmer raised just $125, it would surpass our goal! This is an incredible number that will go a long way to helping your child, as well as our community. Donating is very simple. The easiest way is through the website. Each swimmer will be able to set up a profile and send the link to friends and family. You will see USA Swim-a-Thon® boxes on the Home Page. Click the green “Please Help” box. Look up your swimmer and then click on the “Please Donate” box. The rest is self-explanatory. We encourage everyone to use the team website because it will then track our progress as a team and by practice group. Swimmers can modify their profiles as they like and can obtain support for their participation in the Swim-a-Thon® that will take place on May 3rd from 4-6 pm, but collecting donations is not limited to those participating in the Swim-a-Thon. You can also give toward the Annual Campaign online at, via mail c/o Annual Campaign, 25 Park Street, Montclair NJ 07042 or by calling 973-415-6125. We encourage all swimmers to participate and obtain support from friends, relatives and others. There will be games and great prizes at the Swim-a-Thon®. You can contact me directly at if you have any questions, or would like to help be a part of the campaign. Remember, no matter what the amount, any contribution is incredibly valuable. Every dollar counts! We couldn’t provide the support to families who need it without YOUR support to the campaign. 

Go Dolphins!
 Coach Matt Garifo