About One Hour Swim

On Saturday, February 25, 2023, we’re hosting one of our yearly signature fundraising events, our One Hour Swim (OHS) challenge. Not only do we challenge ourselves to see how far we can swim in an hour, we also get pledges and donations for causes that matter. This is an opportunity to raise money for our team, as well as organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community. 

OHS starts at 11:00 a.m. at John Jay College, with a 15-min warm-up and a 15-min cool-down, and ends at 12:30 p.m.


  1. Create a personalized fundraising page on our MightyCause Fundraising Campaign

If you have any questions or encounter any snafus, email us at: ohs@tnya.org

Fundraising tips

  • Send a personalized email to family, friends and professional colleagues, asking them to support and donate to your fundraising through our MightyCause fundraising campaign. Here is a sample e-mail, and we highly encourage you to personalize it.
  • Personalize your MightyCause page by adding a picture; better yet, a video.
  • Post on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) about your fundraiser, and link back to your personalized MightyCause page. Ideas for content: what inspired you to fundraise and how your training is coming along, among others.

On behalf of the TNYA Board, we thank you for participating, fundraising and volunteering! We could not make the OHS a success without you.


We first participated in OHS as a team in 1990 during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the money raised was used to pay medical bills for members of our team fighting the epidemic. Nowadays, we donate the proceeds to LGBTQ+ community organizations. Past beneficiaries have included the AIDS Service Center (now the Alliance for Positive Change), the Ali Forney Center, SAGE, and other important community organizations.

About our 2023 OHS beneficiary

This year, we are partnering with the Alliance for Positive Change where 50% of the donations made will support their mission to help New Yorkers living with HIV and other chronic health conditions, and the other 50% will go towards TNYA’s scholarship programs.

Not only has the Alliance been providing vital services for the most vulnerable in our community for 3 decades, they were also on the front lines with providing relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alliance just launched their new fundraising drive with the goal to raise $125,000 for their operations in the next calendar year.