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SwimKids Swim Schools Receives 2012 Stevie Award as Cindy Tonnesen accepts Silver for Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Cindy-TonnesonWoodbridge, VA - November 13, 2012 - SwimKids™ Swim Schools, a professional swim school with locations in Woodbridge, Gainesville, Leesburg, and Fredericksburg, VA, announced today that Cindy Tonnesen, SwimKids' CEO, received a Silver Stevie® Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year for Consumer Services in the annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. This award is the latest of seven awards SwimKids has received this year that also include a prestigious ranking on the 2012 Inc. 5000 list (#28 in Education), Best Facility in the United States Swim School Association, Best Swimming Pool, Best Place to Go Swimming, Best Summer Camp and recognition by the National Association of Women Business Owners as a Woman of Distinction Honoree.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world's top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2012 awards received over 1200 entries from 17 nations and territories. Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.

"We are extremely proud of Cindy's accomplishments and her recognition by the 2012 Stevie Awards," said Dave Tonnesen, SwimKids Co-founder. "It has been an exciting year of growth and innovation for SwimKids, and her leadership and pursuit of excellence have helped pave the way."

"I'm very pleased that we were able to conclude our tenth year of organizing Stevie Awards programs with a very successful Women in Business event," said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. "This year's Stevie Award-winning women are the most accomplished, impressive group we've ever had. Their stories of success will be an inspiration to women around the globe who dream of starting and growing a business and making a difference in the world."

About SwimKids™ Swim Schools
With 4 locations in the Washington DC Metro area in Leesburg, Gainesville, Woodbridge , and Fredericksburg, Virginia, SwimKids Swim Schools offers swim lessons for babies from 2 months old with their parents through competitive swim team. SwimKids' unique blend of small child-focused classes, immediate advancement upon goal completion and positive reinforcement lead to a high level of achievement in the pool.

SwimKids' custom-built facilities are modern and family-friendly with innovative designs, warm water pools, and cutting edge technology, such as UV disinfection, to keep the pools pristine at all times. The pools are kept 88-90 degrees year-round and feature built in "tot docks" for babies, teaching areas of shallow depths for varying age groups, and SwimKids Aquatics Center in Woodbridge features a 25 yard pool for the Stealth™ Swim Team. Floor to ceiling curved glass surrounds the pools while parents enjoy viewing areas equipped with comfortable seating and WiFi. Family changing rooms, a play area for siblings and an onsite swim shop make for an easy visit for families. For more information on locations and programs, please see or visit

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at

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If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.