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Dive, Drive, and Dash For Charity With the Mandell JCC

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Summer may be coming to a close but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop! The Mandell JCC has three events lined up that will give participants a chance to have a great time and give back to the community at the same time.

Dive in with Swim-A-Palooza on Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Mandell JCC’s summer site, The Swim & Tennis Club, 4 Duncaster Road, Bloomfield, CT. Organized by the Mandell JCC Sharks Swim Team as a community service project in support of the Special Olympics CT, Swim-A-Palooza participants will have the option of swimming for a half hour or longer during the event and enjoy other activities at The Swim & Tennis Club. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics CT.

Let the races begin on Sunday, September 2, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., with the 4th Annual Big Wheel Derby at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT. At this event, cycling on big wheels or bikes means raising money for a great cause. Proceeds from this event will go to Alyssa’s Angel Fund, which will help children with Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1-A (GSD) around the world receive the medical attention they need.

Lend a helping paw—err, hand—with the Mandell JCC Inaugural Doggie Duathlon/Dash on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Swim & Tennis Club, 4 Duncaster Road, Bloomfield, CT. From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., there will be a free Doggie Expo featuring representatives from various nonprofit and for-profit pet vendors that is open to the community. At the Doggie Duathlon/Dash, dogs will swim one lap in the pool, followed by leashing up with their owner for a 1.5-mile walk/run. Dogs that can’t swim can still join their owner for the 1.5-mile dash. A portion of the event proceeds will go to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.

For more information and registration for any of these events, contact the Member Services Center, 860-236-4571. For updates, follow the Mandell JCC on Facebook and Twitter. Programs are subject to change.

The Mandell Jewish Community Center, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT, is open to everyone and supported by funds raised by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, a recipient of funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, and a member of the JCC Association of North America.

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