Our swimming season is coming to a slow end……
With 90 degrees promised today and a beautiful weekend on tap, we would like to take this time and thank each and every one of you. What a wonderful summer it’s been and what a nice warm pool season!!
Fall Closings are being scheduled now and we look forward to hearing from you. Sarah has been busily scheduling closings already, so don’t delay! 978-263-4200
And thanks again for the support this year. Three years of Pan Mass Challenge for this guy!! I’m so blessed to be a part of “Team Lick Cancer.”
Last year’s PMC was wonderful and I am training for a successful 2012 ride. Who would have thought that over 5000 bicyclists and over 3000 volunteers could make such a difference in a child’s life!!
Please begin your suppport for this year by visiting the link below:
No contribution is too small and don’t forget- you’ll SAVE MONEY by doing a great thing! And with so many of our friends, loved ones and family struggling, who DOESN’T want to help at some level?
|How your PMC funds fuel the fight against cancer
Since 1980, the PMC has raised $270 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber. The majority of this impressive total is considered unrestricted support-critical, flexible funding that can be directed where and when it is needed most. As the PMC generates nearly half of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue, every rider supports the efforts of more than 3,000 DFCI faculty and staff members as they make countless
The following provides tangible examples of how unrestricted money is propelling
• Increasing survival rates of pediatric cancers
• Declining rates in cancer deaths
• Increasing survival rates of breast cancers
• Decreasing incidence rates colorectal cancer
• Declining incidence rates of lung and bronchus cancers
• Funding promising early-stage research
• Purchasing powerful new equipment that drives scientific results
• Recruiting world-class junior faculty
• Funding investigator-led clinical trials
• Providing financial assistance to patients and their families in need
• Launching nine new integrative centers
The following centers were created:
Al Waters & Waters’ Works Inc.
Littleton’s Alan Waters to ride in Pan-Mass Challenge
July 22, 2011
Alan Waters is biking to benefit the Jimmy Fund this August, by taking part in the 32nd Annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. Approximately 5,000 cyclists (11 from Littleton) will participate in the two-day bike-a-thon across the cape, and event organizers are hoping it will raise $34 million
How did you get involved with the Pan Mass Challenge?
I lost both of my parents to cancer so I was looking for an outlet for all my pent up anxiety towards the disease of cancer. I started by riding in the Livestrong challenge in Philadelphia. My sister lives in Pennsylvania, so this wasn’t so unusual. When my friend [and co-captain of the team] Dave Christmas asked me if I would like to ride with Team Lick Cancer, in the Pan Mass challenge, I said sure. It was local and besides I was really pleased to help Dana Farber.
What was the biggest reward–and challenge– of PMC?
The reward is seeing all the young cancer survivors lining the route to thank us and cheer us on. Seeing a sign that read “I am 16 thanks to you guys,” may have been the most satisfying as well as inspirational thing I have ever read. The biggest challenge is the fact we have to get back on the bike at five a.m. the morning after riding 111 miles, to ride another 80 to get to Provincetown. That prospect of sitting on that bike seat for another five hours is somewhat daunting
Anything else you’d like to add?
Lastly I would say that cancer is a God-awful disease. Unfortunately all of us have been touched by it in some manner. I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t lost a loved one to this awful disease. Having said this, as awful as it is for an adult to be diagnosed with this disease, In my opinion it is that much more horrific for a child to be saddled with this disease. The fact that Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund focus on these afflicted children makes this event and cause all the more important.
To help Al and donate please visit Al’s Pan Mass Page
Seen first in Littleton News
Connecting athleticism to charitable fundraising was a new idea in 1980 when PMC Founder Billy Starr and 35 of his friends rode across Massachusetts and raised $10,200 for cancer research. Today, athletic events raise more than $1 billion each year, funding crucial programs at health and human service organizations across the country. The PMC leads the pack. The bike-a-thon raises and contributes more than twice the sum of any athletic fundraising event in the country and has raised more than $270 million since it started in 1980. It is also the most efficient. Since 2007, the PMC has donated 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause.
Donate to Al’s ride directly by clicking here! AL WATERS PAN MASS PROFILE AND DONATION PAGE
The PMC is so respected in cycling and fundraising circles that each year people travel from all over the world to participate. Cyclists choose between seven routes that range from 47 to 190 miles. The camaraderie shared by cyclists, volunteers, and supporters is among the PMC’s greatest attributes. Doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute join their patients as teammates to ride for a unified goal. Nearly 300 PMC cyclists and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients. Thousands of riders have lost loved ones to the disease. Still more ride in honor of those in treatment.
Need to know more about this article? Visit the Jimmy Fund Site at http://www.jimmyfund.org/eve/event/pan-mass/default.html
Want to help Al Waters meet his goal, and ride this amazing ride for these wonderful, loving children? Click here to help Al Waters and make a DONATION!
Go directly to Al’s Pan Mass Page without seeing his website and story to make a donation, by clicking here! AL WATERS PAN MASS PROFILE AND DONATION PAGE, CLICK HERE TO DONATE!
Thousands Ride to Raise $34 Million for
|NEEDHAM, Mass. — On August 6 and 7, 2011,
5,000 cyclists from 34 states and six countries will ride across the
Commonwealth in the 32nd annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. Their goal is to
raise $34 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute through its Jimmy Fund and bring the PMC’s total Jimmy Fund
contribution beyond $34 million.
Connecting athleticism to charitable
fundraising was a new idea in 1980 when PMC Founder Billy Starr and 35 of his
friends rode across Massachusetts and raised $10,200 for cancer research. Today,
athletic events annually raise more than $3 billion, funding crucial programs at
health and human service organizations across the country. The PMC leads the
pack. The PMC has become the most successful fundraising event in the country,
as it raises and contributes more than twice the sum of any athletic fundraising
event in the country. It is also the most efficient. PMC annually contributes
100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund.
PMC is so respected in cycling and fundraising circles that people travel from
all over the world to participate. Cyclists choose between 11 routes that range
from 25 to 190 miles. The camaraderie shared by cyclists, volunteers, and
supporters is among the PMC’s greatest attributes. Doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute join their patients as teammates and ride for a unified goal. More
than 300 PMC cyclists and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients.
Thousands of riders have lost loved ones to the disease. Still more ride in
honor of those in treatment.
This summer, each of the cyclists commits
to raise between $500 and $4,200 for the privilege of being a member of the PMC
team. Ninety percent of all PMCers, however, exceed the minimum fundraising
contribution and one-third raise more than twice the amount required.
This commitment to the fundraising portion of the PMC journey is a
testament to riders’ dedication to the cause and their belief in the PMC
mission. Hundreds have been members of the PMC family for more than 20 years.
The PMC averages a 70 percent rider retention rate. From organizing luggage and
unloading trucks to cooking meals and serving riders at water stops, 3,000 PMC
volunteers fill jobs that are typically paid positions, thus enhancing the
event’s efficiency and culture of giving. The PMC is presented by the Red Sox
Foundation and the New Balance Foundation. Another 200 companies support the
event through donations of goods, services, and money. The PMC is nationally
recognized as a model in fundraising efficiency; it generates 60 percent of the
Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and it is Dana-Farber’s largest contributor. “The
PMC has made what we do at Dana-Farber possible,” says Edward J. Benz Jr., MD,
president of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “When they write the history of how
cancer was conquered, the PMC will be in chapter one.” For more information
about the PMC, visit pmc.org.
YEARS- RIDERS- VOLUNTEERS- DONATION
1980 – 1989- 4,968- 1,778- $3,665,800
1990 – 1999- 16,668- 11,921- $38,750,000
2000 – 2009- 39,972- 22,575- $227,200,000
31 Year Total 66,565 39,149
2011 Goal- 5,100- 3,000- $34,000,000
Indeed, it is time to open your pools again, and am I ever ready for Spring to show up!!
I want to thank all of you for last year’s season and my Pan Mass Challenge Victory! Not only was I awarded “Heavy Hitter” status because of your donations, but my incredible team “Lick Cancer” donated lots to help The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber. That being said, I have personally been inspired to donate this year’s ride to Charlotte O’Shea [our Pedal Partner] and a dear friend and pool customer, Gayle K. Not only have you both touched my life, my soul and emotions, but you have taught me bravery and perseverance. And for this, I shall persevere with the 2011 Pan Mass Challenge.
I CHALLENGE ALL OF YOU- to donate to a cause that is incredible, while saving money with Waters Works. It’s like having a tax deduction for pool service. And what’s better than that? Dana Farber and you benefit! And my body will benefit from the personal and mental strength that this challenge provides.
Thanks Everyone And Bring On The Sunshine!!
What a winter we have seen, here in New England!!
I hope that everyone is getting as excited as we are at Waters Works!!
This year we will begin pool openings in April, so if you are as anxious as we are to see spring- call and give us the word!! The calendar is up and dusted off, ready for another fantastic year!!
On a personal note, I have been training this winter for another Pan Mass Challenge!! I am so excited to be taking part in this again for the second year. And your support has meant the world to me……. In fact, when I embarked upon this “Pan Mass” journey last year, I didn’t realize the voyage I would truly be navigating through.. Team “Lick Cancer” sadly lost it’s young Pedal Partner Charlotte, I lost a close friend and pool customer, and several family members battled Cancer unexpectedly. When all is said and done- it’s never said and done. Dana Farber needs our help and I need to believe that we will see more “cures” emerging.
I will be posting details about the ride again, so please stay tuned. If you feel so inclined, I can be located on the site: www.pmc.org by looking up my name. I am currently taking contributions and am proud to say that my dogs were first to donate!!!! They know how much this means to me and have traveled this journey with me faithfully.
Thanks again everyone and let’s THINK SPRING!!!!
Dear Pool Owners;
Wow what a summer! This summer has been one to remember. It is much easier thinking about closing our pools after a season like this one, when everyone has been able to enjoy their pools. On a personal note and as many of you know, I rode 192 miles in the Pan Mass challenge August 7th and 8th. It was such an incredibly powerful experience! And all of the money raised went directly to the Jimmy Fund. I truly can’t wait to do it again next year. Those beautiful kids made all of our efforts so worthwhile. I want to sincerely thank everyone who supported me with all of your generous contributions.
I would also like to personally thank each and every one of you for another successful season! Your continued patronage is and has always been appreciated, along with your many referrals and kind words. It is always our pleasure to provide courteous and professional service. We’ve also added a website, for your convenience. Please check us out at: www.watersworks.net
Please remember that your comments and feedback are always appreciated, and very important to me, as I continually strive to deliver only the best service to my customers.
I am also painfully aware of this strained economy. Like most of us, I have felt the pinch this year. Just like in the past, I will NEVER resort to insulting my customers’ by charging a “travel charge.” We all know that traveling is an expense, incurred by just about all of us. It is simply not necessary to gouge customers or Insult them this way.
Now let’s talk about getting that pool of yours, closed. Proper winterization is perhaps the most important thing that you can do for your pool, especially if we are to survive another winter like last year’s. The correct steps need to be taken to ensure optimum condition of your pool’s winter season. These steps consist of chemically treating the pool [as it will be dormant 6-8 months], cleaning the pool, removing all of the water from the pool’s plumbing [to prevent freezing]. Winterizing chemicals can and will be added upon request, at the time of closing. The pool needs to be cleaned before the pool is covered. This needs to be done before we arrive to winterize your pool. These steps will provide your pool with its best defense against staining and discoloration.
Having your pool professionally winterized is the only way to guarantee that all water will be removed from your pool’s plumbing. Waters’ Works guarantees all closings against freezing. This means that your pipes will not freeze throughout the winter months. Waters’ Works is proud to deliver superior service to you and will continue to be the owner-operated company that it has always been, with an uncompromising commitment to fulfilling your winterization needs.
**If winter covers are needed, please call us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so that we can give you a quote in enough time to get your cover here for winterization. Also, any customers considering new mesh safety covers, please call immediately, as we are running out of time for this year’s orders.
We will offer two types of pool closings:
Full closings consist of Waters’ Works lowering the pool water to 4 inches below the skimmer, removing and manually cleaning filter grids [when applicable], winterization of all pool plumbing and equipment [with compressed air], removing all overhanging rails and ladders, and professionally installing the pool cover, according to your pool’s contours.
Partial closings are for people looking for the assurance of having their pool’s plumbing winterized, but want to save some money, by doing the manual labor themselves. With a partial closing, the customer should clean the pool, remove the filter grids [from all diatomaceous earth filters] and/or cartridges [from cartridge filters], and lower the water level to 4 inches below the skimmer [please call with any questions about this]. To prevent the pool from getting dirty, the pool’s cover should be pulled over and covering the pool. The cover can be secured with water tubes at this time, but be sure to not fill the water tubes where the return lines are. Winterizing chemicals can be added to a partial closing, at the time of closing.
**We strongly recommend that you call us as early as possible to schedule your pool closing, as availability becomes much more limited later in the season. 978-263-4200 or email at email@example.com Please clearly state your desired time/days.**
I look forward to speaking with you very soon. Let’s enjoy these last warm days of summer and hope for some gorgeous foliage this year!