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Long Islanders Hit the Beach for Local Disaster Relief

Hundreds of Long Islanders flocked to Centre Island Beach Saturday, Aug. 8th, to attend the 20th Annual Swim-A-Cross and Beach Bash BBQ. The event raised $15,000 for the American Red Cross in Nassau County.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Frank Cassano, CEO of the Nassau Red Cross, “and with the economy being the way it is, we are very pleased with the turnout.”

Just over 150 swimmers, ranging in age from 8-80, swam distances from 50 yards up to an entire mile. Meanwhile, hundreds of beach-goers enjoyed a BBQ on the shore.

Entertainment was provided by a number of sponsors including the New York Islanders who attended with their ICE Tour, complete with interactive games and inflatables for all ages. Islander Joel Rechlicz was on hand to sign autographs and greet fans, along with mascot Sparky and the Ice Girls.

Live music was provided by Terminal Ileum, a Long Island-based band who played hits from the 1960’s through today. Radio stations WBAB and WBLI were also on hand with giveaways and to play music in-between the band’s sets.

Despite the success of the event, the Nassau Red Cross, like many nonprofit agencies, has seen a drop in needed donations. Every year, the local chapter responds to hundreds of local disasters—mainly house fires. On average, more than 500 Nassau residents seek food, clothing and shelter from the Nassau Red Cross during these incidents.

To learn how you can help, visit the American Red Cross in Nassau County online at or call 747-3500.