Krossin' Keuka raises $48K
KEUKA LAKE—For a second year in a row, the Keuka Comfort Care Home held the Krossin’ Keuka event to raise funds, Saturday, July 31 at Keuka College.
This year, the swimming and kayaking event raised around $48,000. Participants were taken across the west branch of Keuka Lake, and had to either swim or kayak back to the college. There were a total 140 swimmers and 32 and kayakers.
Donna Payne, director of KCCH, said this year’s highest fundraiser was Jen Smith with just over $2,700, who joined the swim for the first time. Smith raised funds via her Web site, http://www.swimming4mom.com.
Smith, a Florida resident, said her mother died of cancer, Aug. 31, 2009, while at the KCCH. She said Krossin’ Keuka gave her a chance to say thank you for the care given to her mother at the end. Smith explained she used a Web site because most of her donors are from out-of-state. She added some who donated didn’t even know about Keuka Comfort Care Home.
Smith’s goal had been $2,009, for the year her mother passed away. However, she easily beat that by several hundred dollars. Smith added while she is a runner, she had to practice swimming starting last November to get ready for this event.
Payne said last year the event raised $35,000, beating the first year’s goal by $5,000. The only change in this year’s event over last year, was that the swimmers were also monitored by three scuba pods in addition to the boats that were out on the water.