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Fundraiser for survival swim lessons features BBQ, kiddie pool, and college football

Support lifesaving swim lessons at a fundraiser hosted by Lakeside Survival Swim. The fun and vital event is from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 9 at First Baptist Church, 901 La Ventana Drive in Marble Falls. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

All proceeds will benefit the Hope Floats foundation, a 501(c)3 scholarship program that provides lifesaving swim lessons to area children who can’t afford the cost.

“They partner with us and other small swim schools across the United States,” said Amanda Dalrymple, owner of Lakeside Survival Swim. “We’re able to take donations and fill what we call the ‘scholarship bucket,’ so that those in the Highland Lakes area that can’t afford survival swimming lessons can apply for this scholarship and be able to come take survival swimming lessons on scholarship.”

Fundraiser attendees can enjoy homemade barbecue and sides for $10-$15 a plate.

“They’re bringing out a huge smoker the night before,” Dalrymple said. “It’s going to be smoking all night long.”

Kid-friendly activities are also planned, including a bounce house and an inflatable kiddie pool. 

“We’re not going to do music or anything, but it’s just going to be a really fun time to come out, eat some great food, and have your kids splash around in the heat,” Dalrymple said.

Organizers also plan to air the football game between the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

“It really depends on how many TVs we can get,” Dalrymple said.

Lakeside Survival Swim gives lifesaving swim lessons to ages 6 months to 6 years. Lessons center on increasing a child’s ability to stay afloat. The swim school opened in July 2023.

To apply for a scholarship from the Hope Floats foundation, visit the nonprofit’s website.