The Ripple Effect Gala

Mother Teresa said...

"I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

SWH is proud to be a part of these small changes which impact our communities for a more optimistic and promising future.

About The Ripple Effect

The Swim with Heart (SWH) non-profit organization that benefits children with special needs such as autism, cerebral palsy and spinal bifida, is hosting their 6th annual fundraiser, “The Ripple Effect Gala” on Sat., Oct. 6 at the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, CA. Funds raised will make the year-round swim-therapy program accessible to a greater number of kids, keep tuition affordable for all, and provide scholarships for families needing assistance.

The gala will honor three remarkable individuals who have distinguished themselves with their efforts to make a difference in the lives of children/youth both in our community and on the national stage.

The Ripple Effect Honorees

Swim with Heart is proud to honor these incredible leaders at our Annual Gala, The Ripple Effect.

Dr. Jeannette Betancourt

Dr. Jeannette Betancourt is Sr. VP of U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street. She directs the development/implementation of community and family engagement initiatives making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families. She was a key figure in the development and introduction of Sesame Street’s first autistic character, Julia. Julia was created to increase awareness of autism while also providing a relatable character who would instill empathy and reduce the stigma associated with the disorder.

Susan Teeter

Coach Susan Teeter retired in 2017 after 33 seasons as the legendary head coach of the Princeton women’s swim team. Susan led her team to unprecedented success and victories in a male dominated field, mentored swimmers who became Olympians, and earned many honors including the prestigious College Swim Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a kind and caring coach who impacts swimmers across a spectrum of personalities, motivates them to achieve success and to develop the necessary skills to excel in life.

AJ Ali

A.J. Ali is the Director & Producer of “WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer,” an award- winning feature-length documentary film improving relations between police and people of color. He coined the acronym “L.O.V.E.,” which stands for Learn about your community, Open your heart to the people in it, Volunteer yourself to be part of the solution in their lives and Empower others to do the same. He also hosts the Wellness 101 game show. He has produced, written and/or appeared in numerous media projects. He and his wife Jane have been married for 24 years. He's a USAF Veteran.

A special thank you to the Aquallilies for 4 years of dedication to our lil Sharkies and Sharks!

Ticket Information

Join us for a truly remarkable evening that will spread infinite positive outcomes for so many of the lives we touch. Get your tickets or become a sponsor today. 

The SWH Ripple Effect Gala Tickets 2018

October 6th, 2018, The Shore Hotel, Santa Monica, CA


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October 6th, 2018, The Shore Hotel, Santa Monica, CA

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