Locally, the OWL’s are well-known on Lake Michigan’s Evanston beaches and at the McGaw YMCA as US Master swimmers. We’ve supported each other’s aquatic goals in our open water swims, potluck gatherings and in both local and international open-water swim competitions. One of our members (Aurora Louise Gore) successfully crossed the English Channel in 2011 and our efforts have raised thousands of dollars for cancer research.

 OWLs board members, friends and volunteers before our 100 x 100 Challenge

OWLs board members, friends and volunteers before our 100 x 100 Challenge

With an increase in membership, we’ve decided to extend our passion for the sport of open-water swimming and give back to our community and the lake we love by creating a not-for profit company: OWLS. Through this organization, we will open up the exhilaration, beauty and challenge of open-water swimming to Evanston through our annual Great Lake Plunge.

Evanston is a diverse lakefront community, and as volunteer stewards of our part of Lake Michigan, we seek to promote its beauty and recreational opportunities and aid our fellow residents in safe enjoyment of this unique natural resource.

To learn more about the program this great event will support, visit our Beneficiary page and don't forget to stop by our Event Sponsor page to learn more about the organizations that are helping us with their donations.