FARGO — Troy Derheim, a 28-year veteran of the pool and spa industry, says that for many of those years he watched as some communities struggled to establish and maintain their community swimming pools.
Those struggles, he said, inspired him to start a nonprofit organization called Aquatics Empowered, which is based in Harwood, N.D., and aims to help towns to establish and keep their community pools going.
The charity hopes to make a splash this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, when it holds its inaugural fundraiser in the parking lot of the Bison Turf in north Fargo.
Dubbed, "Hot Tubbing for Hope," the event will have two hut tubs set up.
Have at least one person soaking in a tub at any given time starting at 6 a.m. Friday and going until midnight Saturday.
Derheim, founder and executive director of Aquatics Empowered, said in addition to raising money, the event will help spread the word about the benefits of aquatic therapy for both physical and mental well being.
According to Derheim, people around the world will be encouraged to hold similar events and share images of those activities online.
To monitor the local event and those elsewhere, visit Aquatics Empowered's website at www.aquaticsempowered.org.
According to the nonprofit, proceeds from the event will be used to provide resources and grants for rural communities to establish or maintain aquatic resources, help individuals in need of aquatic therapy acquire access, and support other charities in their work providing people with access to aquatic therapy.
Derheim said he hopes to make the fundraiser an annual activity. In the future, he said the plan will be to bring other charities on board to take part in the hot tub event.