All 70 Philadelphia public pools are set to open during the 2011 summer season.
Mayor Nutter said the campaign had already received over $500,000 in commitments, including $100,000 pledges from First Niagara and Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest. United Health Care is pledging $60,000.
The Mayor got emotional while recalling that the city was forced to keep some pools closed during the summer of 2009. Corporate and community donations in 2010 allowed all of the city pools to open.
The "Splash and Summer FUNd" will accept donations from individuals, community organizations, and businesses. Donation levels begin at $10.00.
"I encourage residents and all of our community partners to help us ensure that families across Philadelphia have another wonderful summer," said Mayor Nutter.