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Drowning Prevention Coalition to hold big fundraiser

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 11:45pm

The Borderland has seen a lot of hot weather lately and area pools have been packed. That's why water safety is so important. The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso is working to keep people safe in area pools. Even so, people die every year in water related accidents.

However, you can help. On August 14, 2014, The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso (DPC) and The Christian Castle Memorial Fund will welcome Olympian Greg Louganis to their annual gala dinner, which will include a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the DPC and the Christian Castle Memorial Fund, which are dedicated to promoting water safety and swimming lessons, and preventing water tragedies, especially among children.

Greg Louganis is an inspiring figure, both for his career as an athlete, and for the personal struggles he's faced. He is widely known as one of the world's best divers, earning his first Olympic medal (silver) when he was only sixteen years old. As the winner of 47 national diving championships and five World Champion Diving competitions, his diving career is the embodiment of the word successful.

But things have been far from easy for Louganis. 1988 was a life-changing year for him. He won the gold at the Seoul Olympics, and also learned that was HIV positive. He broke free from a lifetime of silence and isolation with the release of a New York Times bestselling memoir Breaking The Surface (1995), where he discusses the hard work he put in to achieve athletic success, his diagnoses, his life as a gay man, and the struggles and conflicts he has faced.

The DPC was formed in March of 2010 to develop and support training and community education efforts, prevent drownings, near drownings and other water related incidents in El Paso County. Over 30 community organizations have joined forces with the DPC to maximize outreach efforts for water safety in El Paso. Together, through community sharing and action, the DPC's mission is to ensure that water-related tragedies no longer occur. Greg Louganis will be speaking on drowning prevention and water safety.

If you want to attend it will take place at the Camino Real Hotel at 101 S. El Paso Street. For reservations, call 915-241-2484.

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