Both St. John’s Preparatory School and Immaculate Conception are using the pool for their students, and in an attempt to give back to the club the two groups hosted a quiz night fundraiser at the new Astoria Tavern on 23rd Ave. on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
“We’re excited about our partnership, and it’s a great example of how our resources can benefit the whole community,” said Terry Hughes, executive director of the Variety Boys and Girls Club.
The event raised approximately $1,000 that will be donated to the Astoria club.
“I wanted to help the kids be able to have a swim program,” said Debbie Patton swim instructor at St. Sebastian’s and organizer of the quiz night. “It’s something to keep them active and healthy after school.”
Patton said children should learn how to swim because it will not only benefit their health, but it may keep them safe in case of an emergency. “They learn life skills,” she said.
The event was held at a new bar that is trying to give back to the community.
“We’re a small little place, but we’re aiming to be a community place,” said owner Niall Reilly. “We just want to become part of the community.”
Kitty Prager, swim club moderator for St. John’s Prep, said that current students benefit from the ability to use the pool because they no longer have to travel long distances to practice.
“It’s a beautiful facility,” Prager said.