California Pools of Hope unveils new name at Circle of Friends celebration Saturday

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california-aquatic-therapyCalifornia Pools of Hope, Inc. one of Long Beach’s most beloved nonprofit organizations, has changed its name to California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc.. The new name will be unveiled on Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the Circle of Friends Aqua Celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The event will be hosted by longtime supporter, Val Lerch, Vice Mayor City of Long Beach. The aqua celebration showcases the remarkable improvements disabled and elderly individuals have made by participating in CATWC swim and therapy programs. A popular event with clients and their families, more than 200 people attend each year.

A North Long Beach mainstay for more than 50 years, the center provides aquatic exercise and therapy programs for people with disabilities, frail health and the elderly in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The new name better reflects the organization’s mission and range of programs and services, said its executive director Patricia Dixon.

The center’s warm pools are approved under the Americans with Disabilities Act and are equipped with water wheel chair and access ramps. Devices are available to assist individuals with special needs to float, swim and safely participate in pool activities. Among the 1,800 people who benefit from the pools each year are children, seniors and those with a range of physical conditions and orthopedic injuries.

The center was begun in 1956 in the backyard pool of polio survivor Evelyn duPont. It has since grown and expanded its reach many times over. The new name, Dixon said, celebrates that growth and change.

For more information, please contact Patricia Dixon at (310) 293-7335. Or email: or visit

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