English Channel Fundraising

Thank you again to all of those who have supported me along this journey. Many of you have asked how to donate to help get us to England, so here it is. As always, a donation is never required, but much appreciated as we make this next leg of the journey together. No swim is ever “just a swim”. It is hard work, caring, and support of a family that gets us across to the opposite shore. Together we will get there!

How to Donate

There are several ways to donate depending on if you would like to donate to help with the event and personal costs associated with the swim or if you prefer for your donation to go directly to charity.

Event Donations to Assist with Direct Costs: If you would like your donation to go towards helping Melissa with direct event costs associated with the English Channel swim, please refer to the fundraising site: CrowdRise – Melissa’s Triple Crown of Swimming Fundraising Page: Let’s Go to England!  You can also donate through cash, check or PayPal.  Use the Contact page to request additional details.  A portion of all event donations will also be donated to The Zoo Society, in support of Operation Shark Dive.

Donations Directly to Charity: If you would like your donation to go fully to and in direct support of The Zoo Society, Operation Shark Dive, please use the PwC Fundraising link and select “Continue as a Guest” to donate.  My direct charitable contribution page is graciously being hosted by my place of employment, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a part of PwC Charitable Giving with 100% of donations going directly to the charity.

Where does my money go?  Great question!

  • Channel Expenses: Your donation will help cover expenses for the English Channel attempt in 2017 (boat, crew, transportation, lodging, swim and feed supplies, etc).  These are direct expenses fully funded out-of-pocket by Melissa.  To donate in direct support of Melissa’s swim with a portion of your donation going to The Zoo Society, use the fundraising site CrowdRise – Melissa’s Triple Crown of Swimming Fundraising Page: Let’s Go to England!
  • The Zoo Society: A percentage of all monetary contributions will be donated to The Zoo Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit fundraising organization whose purpose is to lend financial, volunteer and community support to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in order to promote responsible stewardship of earth’s limited resources through education, conservation, research, preservation and recreational opportunities throughout the Pacific NW, the Pacific Rim and beyond.  I am proud to support a local organization equally passionate about animal conservation and wellness.  Read more about it on my Community & Giving Back page.  If you prefer 100% of you donation to go directly to The Zoo Society in support of Operation Shark Dive, use the PwC Fundraising link and select “Continue as a Guest” to donate.
  • Operation Shark Dive: As lead for the Veterans Affinity Network at my place of work, I am proud of giving back to the veteran community, specifically to Operation Shark Dive, run through The Zoo Society and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.  Operation Shark Dive is a unique therapy  to provide area veterans with another tool to cope with the physical and mental wounds of war.   Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is working with officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and its Warrior Transition Battalion to provide the dives as a service to the local military community.

Individual/Business SponsorshipsPlease view all Individual, In-Kind Supporters, Seashell and Sea Glass Level sponsors on my Sponsors page.

Thank you so much and I look forward to achieving our dream together!