2023 Women Swimmin' for Hospicare supporting Hospicare & Palliative Care Services
Hospicare & Palliative Care Services

About 2023 Women Swimmin' for Hospicare

We are still accepting registrations for lake swimmers, Go the Distance fundraisers, safety paddlers, and powerboaters!

Registration opened May 9th, 2023, and is still open! 

Wow, the 20th Women Swimmin' for Hospicare swim! 

Once again, we have lots of different ways to participate. Swim the lake, be a safety or escort paddler, volunteer, donate, or Go The Distance! YOU choose which is the best fit for you!

  • Lake Swimmer - The amazing 300+ women who swim from Bolton Point on the east shore of Cayuga Lake 1.2 miles to the Ithaca Yacht Club on the west shore, on Saturday, August 12th! 
  • Go the Distance - Set an activity or service goal in support of Hospicare. Between May 9 and August 12, anyone can participate by doing any activity in support of Hospicare. Whether you are walkin’, swimmin' laps, knittin’, bikin’, pickin’ up trash for your fundraising activity, we are grateful for your support! 
  • Support Paddler - Experienced paddlers in canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) assist our swimmers by guiding, escorting, and cheering them on as they swim across the lake!
  • Volunteer - Help out our participants and attendees before, during, or after the event. A link to volunteer sign-ups will be posted in mid-June! Please email our Events & Engagement Coordinator, Karynn Kilts at womenswimmin@hospicare.org if you have any questions or are interested in volunteering! 

Our Mission Statement 

Go the Distance and Women Swimmin' for Hospicare is a fundraising event that supports the expert, compassionate care which Hospicare & Palliative Care Services brings to patients and their loved ones at any stage of a life-limiting illness and/or following a death. This event raises funds and provides information and education about the agency and its mission in a manner that is inclusive, fun, and consistent with Hospicare’s ideal of respect for all people.


Starts at:  August 12, 2023 5:00 AM
Ends at:  August 12, 2023 11:00 AM


Ithaca Yacht Club
1090 Glenwood Road
Ithaca,NY 14850 USA


Events & Engagement Coordinator

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Where Does The Money Go?

Thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsors who cover event expenses, 100% of funds raised are used to help care for patients and support their loved ones. 

What About Insurance or Medicare/Medicaid?

About 83% of Hospicare’s services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances. Funds raised bridge the gap and ensure that everyone in our community has access to high-quality and compassionate end-of-life care, regardless of insurance status or the ability to pay.

What Is Hospicare?​

Hospicare & Palliative Care Services is a 501c(3) non-profit hospice that serves Cortland and Tompkins counties in NY. We provide medical expertise and compassionate, respectful care to anyone in our community who is facing a life-limiting illness, and we support their loved ones through the illness and their grief.

For more information, please visit our website:


Thanks to our generous sponsors

You make our community a wonderful place to call home! Our sponsors enable Hospicare to cover all costs associated with Go the Distance and Women Swimmin’, guaranteeing that every dollar raised can go directly to supporting patients and families throughout Cortland and Tompkins counties. In exchange for this generosity, Hospicare celebrates its sponsors in many ways, ranging from name or logo inclusion on our marketing materials to guaranteed registration spots for your employees and friends!