Aquatic Services client Ron Cote and his wife and Abilities United board member Geri Hadley, and Linda Chin the Development Director of Abilities United were recently interviewed on On the Move, recorded by a local Mountain View TV station (KMVT). The video is available at on YoutubeRon tells his inspirational story about his spinal cord injury and the progress he has made using the warm water therapy of the Betty Wright Swim Center located at Abilities United. Donna Yeager, host of the program, having learned to swim at the BWSC and a current client, also attests to the benefits this unique indoor warm water, wheelchair accessible pool provides to the community and those who can benefit from warm water exercise.Ron, Geri and Linda also talk about Project WaterWell, our infrastructure and capital improvement campaign for the aging Betty Wright Swim Center. A recent $25,000 anonymous challenge gift was just matched by the Sheri Sabrato Sonsini’s Foundation – Sheri used to volunteer/teach at the Betty Wright Swim Center. And longtime Abilities United friends, Julia and David Carver Colella also donated $15,000 to be matched by another $25,000 anonymous challenge grant! So as of August 3, we are proud to announce that we have $382,458 cash in hand towards our $425,000 goal.We still have to raise the other $10,000 to meet the $25,000 challenge grant so we invite you to help in any way you can to help us reach our goal by the end of August. If you (or any of your friends, family or your company), could help us in this final stage, we would be ever so grateful.Your Project WaterWell donations make possible the first phase of work in August when a new roof, thermal solar panels and new boiler will be installed. The next phase will be the installation of the HVAC system, new doors to replace the 40+ year old doors that are literally falling off their tracks, and training for new hydro/aqua therapists. You can donate on the Abilities United website.Thank you so much for your support to help us reach the Project WaterWell campaign goal. And stay tuned to learn more about the improvements being made to make the Betty Wright Swim Center more comfortable and accessible to all community members who use it.
Written by Wendy Kuehnl
Abilities United Marketing Director