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For Immediate Release:
April 03, 2014
Media Contact:
Edith Torres
etorres@miamidade.gov
305-755-7862

Swim for Jenny Reception to raise funds for drowning prevention programs

Fundraiser to feature special performance by Homestead country music artist Jade Sanders, Thursday, April 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Deering Estate at Cutler


(MIAMI, April 3, 2014) – Join child drowning prevention advocates at the 3rd Annual Swim for Jenny Reception to raise money for learn-to-swim scholarships and child drowning prevention programs, Thursday, April 10, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue in Miami.  Tickets are $50 adults, $25 children under 13, and can be purchased at www.swimforjenny.org

The evening will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and restaurant stations from loyal Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund supporters including Bangkok Cuisine Thai Restaurant, Devon Seafood & Steak, Casa Vinicola Zonin, USA, and Lucini Italia Company. There will be special performances by R.J. MacLaughlin and Homestead country music artist Jade Sanders in a moving tribute to Jenny Nguyen, the 12-year old South Florida girl who suffered a drowning accident on April 16, 2011 after she went into water too deep for her limited swimming ability.  The night will also recognize top Swim for Jenny Fund donors, including NFL Hall of Famer Larry Little, Assurant, Minority Mobile Systems, iTransport Services, Community Bank, Equipco Manufacturing, and the Ngyuen Family. 

The Swim for Jenny reception is made possible by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces, Deering Estate at Cutler, Bangkok Cuisine Thai Restaurant, Devon Seafood & Steak, Casa Vinicola Zonin, USA, Lucini Italia Company, Equipco Manufacturing, Raymond James & Associates, Jack Casagrande, and First Service Residential.

The Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund provides water safety information and learn-to-swim scholarships to children.  To date, over 1,500 children have received scholarships for learn-to-swim lessons at Miami-Dade Parks’ pools, thanks to the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund and its generous donors.  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.

A donation of $30 sponsors 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.  Donation opportunities:  Swim for Jenny Supporters (up to $499); Swim for Jenny Champions ($500-$999); Swim for Jenny Buddy ($1,000); Coach ($2,500); and Lifeguard (starting at $5,000). 

For more information or to make a donation, please visit the website at www.swimforjenny.org.

Save a life, teach a child to swim, keep Jenny's memory alive.

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department
Nationally accredited, three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12, 825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports development, and summer camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks, call 311 or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks

About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.liveaparklife.com.