San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center’s keynote Diana Nyad attempted the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida four times in 35 years; she made it on her fifth try at age 64 (Nyad photographed for ESPN after her derailed second attempt)
Event chair Douglas Heske, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center director Katie Albright, keynote Diana Nyad, Tina Bou-Saba and Joe Bou-Saba at SF Child Abuse Prevention Center’s Blue Ribbon Luncheon
Author, journalist, motivational speaker, and world record long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad served as the keynote and helped raise $500,000 for San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center at its 17th Annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon on May 2, 2014, at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. At the age of 64, Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. Not only did Nyad share her stories of perseverance, she also shared her story of early abuse at the hands of a swim coach.