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Swim for Grand Traverse Bay raises $22K for Watershed Center

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- On Saturday, more than 50 swimmers participated in the second annual Swim for Grand Traverse Bay.

The event was a two mile point-to-point open water swim, aiming to raise awareness for protecting and preserving the bay.

Swimmers fought through rough waters, but thankfully everyone made it out safely with the help of the 30 kayak volunteers.

The event raised $22,000, which will benefit the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay.

“The cause is a great cause,” said swimmer, Tom Prichard. “Traverse City is beautiful and it's a great cause. As I drove in here the traffic, everything is so congested that I think that they need to make sure that they preserve the water.”

After every swimmer crossed through the finish line, swimmers enjoyed pancakes at an after-party.

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