Last Friday, it came true. We are pleased to announce that Medtronic, the medical device company headquartered in Minneapolis, has partnered with A Long Swim as a corporate sponsor. They will match any donation up to $50,000.
A long time ago, now, when Doug first thought of swimming the English Channel we both wondered if he could do it for a charity and make the project work for more than his bucket list. I love to create photography exhibits for nonprofits as an artful way to market a nonprofit to new eyes, but what he’s created here is much more than any project I ever dreamed up.
A big hats off to Bob Lee for being the architect of this model. At the age of 65 Bob created a “Ride For Three Reasons” and he rode his bike 6,500 for three charities, ALS was one of them. Sure, he checked a box off his bucket list. But he also raised $400,000 to spread between three charities. I got to know him really well because I volunteered to photograph his project. His website is http://www.3reasons.org
I know my entries are usually a little sassy but this is serious stuff. This is “the waves beneath his wings” kind of stuff. I am in awe.