MIAMI, FL – July 28, 2011 – Gulliver Schools’ swimmer David Mills was surprised at his splash when he dove into the world of fundraising last fall.
Mills raised $6,065 for Gulliver Schools’ Inaugural “Make a Splash” Swim-A-Thon®, sanctioned by USA Swimming, placing third nationally among participants collecting the most money in similar fundraising events. USA Swimming just released the tallies of fundraising efforts for Swim-A-Thons across the nation.
Mills, a Gulliver senior, created a fundraising webpage where friends, family, and businesses could make donations. When the website went viral, he more than doubled his personal goal of raising $3,000.
Mills joined nearly 100 other participants at the event and swam 72 laps (1 mile) in support of Gulliver Schools. Funds raised from the Swim-A-Thon supports Gulliver’s Aquatic Program and KiDZ Neuroscience Center at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Gulliver Schools ranked in the top 20 of overall fundraisers nation wide during its inaugural Swim-A-Thon.
USA Swimming, the national governing body of competitive swimming in the United States, provides materials for teams to put on the local Swim-A-Thons. In 2010, more than 500 Swim-A-Thons raised money across the nation.
Gulliver Schools is a 501 (c) (3) private, not-for-profit, independent, coeducational, nonsectarian day school with the mission of providing a superior college-preparatory education and ensuring an outstanding dynamic learning environment which recognizes and nurtures the unique talents of each student.