Swim for the Center For Wildlife

$2,355 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 37 months
I am an avid wild swimmer and each year since 2008 I have completed a winter swim for a different charity.  So far I  raised close to $70,000  completing 7 mid winter swims for 7 different charities.   I was the first to swim to the Isle of Shoals, 6 miles off the coast of New Hampshire in winter.   That swim  raised $17,000 for a brain injury facility in Portsmouth, NH.   This coming December 12 I will be swimming 6 miles of the York River in York, ME to raise money for the Center for Wildlife,  a facility that does tremendous work to rehabilitate wounded and misplaced wild animals.   I need to raise money to purchase gear to complete this winter swim.    After the 6 mile swim to the York Harbor Inn in York, ME my band, 'The Serfs', will play the benefit for the Center for Wildlife.   We are all full time musicians and 3 of the members have kids so I need to also pay the band for this fundraiser! 

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More info on the Center for Wildlife......

For 30 years this wildlife rehabilitation facility, its staff and volunteers have provided medical care, safe sanctuary and humane treatment for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife until they can be released back into the wild. The Center for Wildlife is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to build a sustainable future for wildlife in our community through medical treatment, rehabilitation, educational outreach, research, and conservation activities.
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More on the 'Creekman'........


 Winter swimming is something that didn’t just happen over night.  This science experiment began in the Lamprey river years ago because they don't make gear for winter swimming.  Winter scuba and winter surfing.... yes,  but swimming in ice water... no.   I had to learn to adapt my body and gear to near frozen New England ocean waters so the science experiment began.  I am not genetically altered, but this way of life is the result of years of experimentation and study. The ocean waters in Maine are perhaps the coldest waters to swim in the lower 48 states.   I got so good at the experiment that I was swimming along sheets of ice, but it caused some controversy because I was stopping traffic on bridges.  "is that a rogue seal?  a new form of terrorism?"
I had to legitimize my sport so in January of 2008 I decided that I would swim from Portsmouth, NH to the Isle of Shoals to raise money for the Krempel's Brain Injury Foundation and Stepping Stones of Portsmouth. I was met with disbelief, but after four and a half hours fighting strong currents in 39 degree water with an air temperature of 9 degrees Fahrenheit, I became the first to make the 6 mile swim in 39 degree water. The money came after I made the swim and I raised $17,000 for the charity.   The 'Creekman Swims for Charity' became an annual event.   So far I swam for causes such as brain injury rehabilitation, hospice,  the preservation of lighthouses,  hungry and malnourished children and this year....... the Center for Wildlife.





Thank you so much Jeremy D'Entremont and Deb  Cram for the use of your pictures!
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Hello Everyone! My big swim is this sunday and once again thank you all so much for your generosity and support. The money has been put to good use and there were added expenses. The state organization who was supposed to be my boat escort backed out of the event last friday because they "didn't feel comfortable with such a dangerous swim." I had to hire a boat an boater, but we're now all set. I will be leaving Scotland Bridge in York, ME at around 2 pm and hope to arrive in York Harbor just before dark. I have a sausage bet with my neighbor saying that I can do it in under 2 hours and 15 minutes. If I do it under that time, Lee, my kayak escort owes me a sausage from that great butcher in downtown Kittery. Please stop by to see me play with the Serfs at the end of the swim at the York Harbor Inn. We'll be there till 7 or 8 pm. If you'd like to make a donation to the Center for Wildlife, here's the link. Thank you everyone and wish me well!! The air will be in the 50s but the water is around 43 in the river. Love you all, gary

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THANK YOU EVERYONE SO MUCH!! I reached the goal. I purchased all of my new gear and it makes such an incredible difference. Wetsuits, when you swim daily all year, don't last long and lose their effectiveness for keeping you warm. The water was rushing in my old suit and now the creek is 49 degrees. So thank you everyone. I can now also pay the band for the event at the York Harbor Inn. The Center for Wildlife has now set up their own donation and information page for the event. Check it out and please pass it around. I hope to make $10,000 for this worthy charity.

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Hey Everyone, thank you so much for all of your generous donations! Thank you Cinnamon Rainbows of Hampton, NH for continuing to sponsor me and thanks for all of the gear at cost. Once all the expenses are covered I will be giving the rest of the money to the Center for Wildlife. They will be posting their own donor page for this swim in 2 weeks. Thank you!
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I am an avid wild swimmer and each year since 2008 I have completed a winter swim for a different charity. So far I raised close to $70,000 completing 7 mid winter swims for 7 different charities. I was the first to swim to the Isle of Shoals, 6 miles off the coast of New Hampshire in winter. That swim raised $17,000 for a brain injury facility in Portsmouth, NH. This coming December 12 I will be swimming 6 miles of the York River in York, ME to raise money for the Center for Wildlife, a facility that does tremendous work to rehabilitate wounded and misplaced wild animals. I need to raise money to purchase gear to complete this winter swim. After the 6 mile swim to the York Harbor Inn in York, ME my band, 'The Serfs', will play the benefit for the Center for Wildlife. We are all full time musicians and 3 of the members have kids so I need to also pay the band for this fundraiser!
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Raised by 37 people in 37 months
Created September 30, 2015
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GS
$50
Gerie Slattery
34 months ago

Just wanted to add a little more to my previous donation, and tell you what a wonderful thing you're doing to help God's little creatures! He's certainly smiling at you!! Hugs and much love, Gerie

GS
$200
Gerie Slattery
34 months ago

Thank you for your time, effort and all the sacrifices you make to do this! Wish I could come up from Florida to cheer you on. May May God be with you during your swim for a safe journey. Gerie Slattery

MQ
$25
Maureen Quirk
34 months ago

Thanks, Gary, for all you do for so many organizations. The "Center for Wildlife" does so much good. Maureen

$30
Anonymous
35 months ago
IG
$30
Indulis Gleske
35 months ago

Best wishes, and thanks for the good work!

WW
$20
Wild Wilson
36 months ago

Wtg Gary! You are so amazing and generous of your being for all the other beings and things of our world! Be sure to carb load with a little spaghetti west to make sure as there is enough energy - yeah!

$60
Anonymous
36 months ago
LZ
$25
Laurie Zwaan
36 months ago

Good luck, Gary! We love you!

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