Taking off from Sayville, Long Island in New York, 50 swimmers plunged into the Great South Bay and made their way to Fire Island Pines, a distance of over three miles. While it's been a hot summer in New York, the swimmers got into the water for charity — the event was the Stonewall Foundation's second annual swim, a major fundraiser for the New York-based philanthropic group that gifts tens of thousands of dollars each year to LGBT groups like the Northeast Two Spirits Society, the Point Foundation, and the Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Last year's event raised $100,000, while this year's brought in $130,000, says Thai Pham, the Stonewall Foundation's director of events and communications. "We had people in Long Island, Fire Island, the Hamptons, and Manhattan get involved," he adds.
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