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Why do we do it?

The Mackinac Island Swim is about giving back,  

supporting those that support each other, and  

paying it forward!

In 2021, the Mackinac Island Swim raised over $16,500 for the Mackinaw Woman's Club!  The 2022 (as of event weekend) totaled $28,000 and is well on it's way to $30k!  We, thanks to the generosity of many of our swimmers, have also raised money throughout the year for many other charities including:

  • The Wounded Warrior Project

  • The Humane Society

  • Salvation Army

  • American Cancer Society

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum

  • Mid City Nutrition (Soup Kitchen of St. Clair County)

  • Mason Food Bank 

  • 42 Strong (Oxford, MI)

  • The Community Action House (Holland, MI)

  • Fight for Right - helping Ukrainians with disabilities stay safe during the Russian invasion

  • March's Training Swim for The Community Action House was a success!  1022 lbs of items and an additional $262 raised.

Let us know of any fundraisers you are doing, we will do what we can to support you!

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Over a half ton of items donated to The Community Action House!

March 27's MIS Training swim brought in 29 swimmers.  1022 lbs of donation items were collectively raised with an additional $262!

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Kevin raises $6k + for LLS

Kevin Kelley completed the 2021 MIS and raised over $6500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the process!

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Generosity on full display in Port Huron, MI.

MIS Swimmer Matt Wuchte offered up his home pool and an iPad to raise items and money for Mid City Nutrition.  Fellow MIS swimmer, Mark Dunn, won the iPad with a strong display of generosity.  

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Rick swims over 1,000,000 yards

MIS Swimmer completed over 1,000,000 yards of swimming in 2021 on December 4.  Rick has raised over $1800 thus far for the Tunnel to Towers foundation.

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December 2021 training swim

Over 600lbs of food and $290 for the Mason food pantry.  Pictured is MIS Mermaid Amy Butler.  Amy passed away shortly after this event, leaving the MIS community with heavy hearts but lasting memories.

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Kathy raises $1000+ for the Mackinaw Woman's Club!

MIS swimmer, Kathy Bradshaw, was able to raise over $1000 during the 2022 training season!  Kathy swam around the island before it was 'a thing,' but she still came back to test the waters of Lake Huron in 2022 in order to be a part of this event.  Thank you Kathy for your kindness and generosity!

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Heather raises $3200 

Heather Carmona kept herself motivated to train for the 2022 event by making it a fundraiser.  Upon completing the 2022 MIS, Heather had raised over $3200 for Moms Demand Action!