Annual Aqualaps Fundraising Update

Cheryl Fellman

Good Afternoon, GSC Families!

Well…it is that time of year again when we would normally be kicking off GSC’s annual fundraiser, Aqualaps. Last year, as Covid set in, we were forced to curtail our fundraising efforts from what we traditionally have done in the past. And while we all had hoped and wished that we would be back to ‘normal’ in 2021, the reality is that we just aren’t there yet.  

The challenges of the Covid pandemic are still very real and as we consider our fundraising efforts for 2021, the safety of our swimmers, their families and our community members remain our top priority. For that reason, we will continue with a modified fundraising effort for our 2021 Aqualaps campaign.  Corporate sponsors will be approached directly by the club via letter, rather than in-person by swimmers. Therefore, the traditional phase of claiming corporate sponsors will not occur again this year. In past years, all swimmers were required to raise at least $350 to offset their annual membership fee. GSC is waiving this $350 fee again this year and swimmers will not be required to fundraise.

Under normal circumstances, our Aqualaps fundraising campaign brings in between $70k-$80k on any given year. Last year, with significantly modified efforts, GSC was still able to raise an incredible $40k from our generous community members and local businesses. Even with this incredible support, GSC continues to be impacted financially during these unprecedented times. We can’t say it enough that we are so grateful to all of you who have continued to support the club during times of pool closures, modified practice schedules, etc. THANK YOU!

While we will not have a fundraising requirement for 2021, we will be activating the online fundraising option in early March for swimmers wishing to continue to support the club that we all love. Those swimmers willing to go above and beyond and fundraise this year, via electronic channels only, will earn tiered-level incentive prizes as a special thank you.

Please stay tuned and watch your emails for more information regarding online fundraising activation and incentive prize options.

Cheryl Fellman, Aqualaps Chair