StoneRidge swimmers aid Save the Bay

StoneRidge swimmers aid Save the Bay

The Westerly Sun

STONINGTON — On Monday, a group of 13 from the StoneRidge retirement community did a “virtual” version of the 40th annual Save the Bay swim at the facility’s indoor saltwater pool.

The swimmers, a group of residents, employees and family members ranging in age from 20 to 90, swam for about two hours to complete the 1.3 nautical mile swim to raise money to support the education, restoration and advocacy efforts of Save the Bay along the lower Pawcatuck River and in Little Narragansett Bay.

“StoneRidge has partnered with Save The Bay because we are active members of the Greater Mystic community. We are fishermen, swimmers, sunbathers, sailors, boaters and business owners who all understand how vital these waters are to our local economy and quality of life,” said Richard Kisner, StoneRidge executive director. “Consequently, we sought creative ways to engage residents to strengthen our relationship beyond a contribution. The Save The Bay Swim has been a 40-year- tradition, and we’re glad that our residents and employees wanted to play an active role in this fundraising event.”

The idea for the virtual swim started with a swimmer who has to be in Italy every summer, but still wanted to participate by swimming the full distance in a big lake outside of Rome, Save The Bay Events Manager Leanne Danielsen said.

“We’re delighted that the StoneRidge community is embracing the idea, the activity, and the challenge of swimming where they’re most comfortable — in their own pool,” she said.

The swim is part of a partnership between StoneRidge and Save The Bay that began in March when the facility made a $5,000 donation. The residents are also supporting the nonprofit organization by participating in the Charlestown Breachway coastal cleanup in October and will serve as docents at the organization’s South Coast Center in the fall.


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