Arlene Alda visits BronxWorks

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Monday, September 21, 2015

BronxWorks was extremely honored to host Arlene Alda for a special visit at our flagship location, the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center (CMCC).  Located at 1130 Grand Concourse, the CMCC is home to many BronxWorks programs and services, as well as a commercial kitchen, basketball court, gym, rooftop garden and play space as well as the BronxWorks indoor pool.

Mrs. Alda, an esteemed photographer, author, and the wife of acclaimed actor Alan Alda, recently wrote a book, Just Kids from the Bronx, and has gifted some of the author’s proceeds to support the BronxWorks Aquatics Program and swim team, the Blue Waves.

Arlene Alda with BronxWorks staff: Eileen Towey, Aquatics Director; John Weed, Assistant Executive Director; Eileen Torres, Executive Director; Jeanne Tibbets, Children and Youth Program Director (credit: Dan Senes)

During her visit, Mrs. Alda observed the Blue Waves practicing and also spent time talking with Eileen Torres, Executive Director; Eileen Towey, Aquatics Director; and other members of the BronxWorks management staff.  All were especially delighted when Mrs. Alda took out her camera and took some photographs of the team practicing.

Members of the BronxWorks swim team, the Blue Waves (credit: Arlene Alda)

BronxWorks Executive Director Eileen Torres had this to say about Mrs. Alda’s visit: “The BronxWorks aquatics program and Blue Waves swim team are such important facets of our offerings, as many Bronx children do not have access to a pool and/or cannot swim.  We are thrilled for Arlene Alda’s gracious interest and generous support as we continue to raise awareness of this program.”

The BronxWorks aquatics programs include lessons for children at all age levels.  The Blue Waves swim team competes on a national level and is recognized by USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States.

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