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Nassau Red Cross 20th Annual Swim-A-Cross

Centre Island Beach in Bayville will be the place to be for summer fun when the American Red Cross in Nassau County celebrates its 20th Annual Swim-A-Cross, Saturday, Aug. 8, with a huge family-friendly party on the beach.

“It’s hard to believe that this event began two decades ago with just a handful of swimmers,” said Frank Cassano, chief executive officer of the Nassau Red Cross. “We really want to celebrate the efforts of those who started this event while inviting family, friends and spectators to join in the fun on the shore.”

Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. There will be a number of activities open to beach-goers for a small fee. The New York Islanders ICE Tour, complete with a variety of inflatable games and bouncers for kids of all ages, will be on site. Music will be provided by radio stations WBAB and WBLI, as well as live bands. Burgers and hot dogs will be grilled up by Big Daddy’s of Massapequa. Participation in the Beach Bash is $10; $5 for ages 12 and under.

Swimmers taking part in the Swim-A-Cross will hit the water at 1:30 p.m. Like the last two years, participants can choose to swim a mile, half mile, or quarter mile. There will be a 50-yard swim along the shoreline for swimmers ages 8-12. Registration is $30; $10 for ages 12 and under. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and all swimmers will receive an event T-shirt and be entitled to all Beach Bash activities. Swimmers are encouraged to raise additional funds up until Aug. 30. The top fundraisers will be eligible for prizes.

And though the event is geared toward fun for all ages, according to Cassano it is important to realize why the event is necessary.

“We continue to see an increase in the number of local disasters requiring the assistance of the American Red Cross in Nassau County,” Cassano said. “Being a nonprofit, we rely on the donated dollar to perform our mission.”

Each year, the Nassau Red Cross provides food, clothing and shelter to hundreds of Nassau residents who have been affected by disasters like house fires. Additionally, the Nassau Red Cross assists hundreds of service members each year with emergency communications and travel assistance following life-altering events—like the birth of a child or death of a family member. All Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost to those affected.

Online registration for the swim is active and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

To learn more about the 20th Annual Swim-A-Cross and Beach Bash BBQ, visit the American Red Cross in Nassau County online at or call 747-3500.