Over the past few months, Alie Hamilton of Eagle Ridge Investment Management organized a team to participate in Swim Across America's Fairfield County Open Water Swim. She and nine other swimmers completed swims of 0.5 miles to 3.0 miles on June 22nd off Cummings Point in Stamford. Aside from Alie, David Laidlaw, Eagle Ridge's Managing Member, also swam in the event along with other local professionals and dedicated swimmers. The weather was perfect with clear blue skies and everyone was invigorated by the brisk water and challenging swim.
The team raised $8,500+ for Swim Across America's campaign. Overall, the full event raised $342,000 for the day. These funds benefit cancer research and clinical trials at world-renowned research institutes and organizations including Memorial Sloan Kettering, Johns Hopkins and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Alie was able to combine her passion for swimming and charitable fund raising. Alie swam competitively in the United Kingdom and at one point held the Scottish record for the women's mile. Even though her competitive days are over, she enjoyed the event with her colleagues, friends and family. Her son, Jack, swam toward the front of the pack and daughter, Ashley, volunteered for the day. Alie was asked why she participated by the swim's organizers and her statement eloquently captured her motivation:
“I swim to support all of my friends who have fought the battle against this horrible disease. I swim out of gratitude that my family is healthy. I swim to support everyone affected by this disease now, in the past and in the future. I swim to help raise funds for Swim Across America, an amazing organization that brings hope to millions of people. I swim to feel good.”
Alie loved her experience and plans to be back next year. Please reach out if you would like to be involved in any way.