The inaugural Willie Schmidt Lake Champlain Swim for Hospice will be held at Camp Dudley, 126 Dudley Road, Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at 9 a.m.
The swim — which will be held in memory of longtime Camp Dudley director Willie Schmidt — will also mark High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care’s 25th anniversary. The event raises vital funds to help support end-of-life care throughout High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care’s 4,600-square-mile service area that includes all of Warren County and Essex County — including the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain — as well as portions of Franklin, Hamilton and St. Lawrence counties.
The non-competitive fun swim is open to all swimmers 14 years of age and older. The swim is approximately a half-mile in a protected bay and kayakers and canoeists are needed to line the swim route to assure swimmer safety. Each paddler will receive an event cap and whistle.
Registration will be held on-site from 8 to 8:30 a.m. All registered swimmers will receive a goodie bag that includes an event swim bathing cap and water bottle, among other items.
Registration is $25 per person, with each adult 18 and older also responsible for securing an additional $75 in pledges. Those ages 14 to 17 must secure an extra $50 in pledges.
Refreshments will be served. Preregistration is preferred but not required.
For more information on being a swimmer or paddler or to pledge support or register, contact Darsie Townsend at 891-9631 or visit www.swimlakechamplain.org.