As we get ready to welcome the New Year we would like to take this opportunity to share some of the extraordinary things that some of our franchisees and suppliers have been doing in their communities. We wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous New Year!
GGFA Executive Director
Matrix and parent company Johnson have donated time this year to many organizations like the Human Society, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, United Way, and others. Read more about their generous contributions here: Matrix Volunteering
“Precor believes in the mutual respect and the overwhelming returns of sharing. As part of that commitment Precor matches employee donations to registered non-profits such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, American Diabetes Association, and Habitat for Humanity and World Vision through the Precor Gives program. So far in 2015, employee donations and Precor Gives matching totals $185,018.
During the holidays, we partner with a local non-profit organization to help spread holiday cheer to the less fortunate. For the last three-years, we’ve partnered with Secret Harbor who works with older kids who are in the foster care system to ensure that they have something special for the holidays.”
Jennifer B. Davis, Precor
Gold’s Gym Wenatchee
This year the first Gold’s Gym “Ugly Sweater 5k Run/Walk” was introduced. Over 150 runners in the Wenatchee area participated, giving donated toys to local charities. Wacky ‘sweaters’ trot for tots
Bloomington-Normal & Pekin IL
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Gold’s Gym Spokane, WA
“We keep a barrel that members fill up with food and is picked up monthly. We also assist Veterans with moving.”
“For over 10 years, Power Systems has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of East Tennessee to grant hundreds of wishes for special “angels” on their Angel Tree. This year, Power Systems and its employees came together to fulfil 40 wishes. Gift items included winter clothing and coats, toys for boys and girls, footballs and basketballs, dolls, and board games.
In addition to the Angel Tree, Power Systems also gathered items in support of the Big Red Bow Project. The Big Red Bow Project benefits Alzheimer’s Tennessee, an organization created to serve those facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, to promote brain health through education, and to champion global prevention and treatment efforts. Items gathered for the event were: jumbo puzzle books, jumbo coloring books and crayons, card and memory games, winter accessories, small purses and bags, and throw blankets.”
Amanda Waterous, Power Systems
Gold’s Gym Dutchess County
“This year, Gold’s Gym Dutchess County partnered with Angels of Light (http://www.angelsoflighthudsonvalley.org), whose mission is to provide Holiday Giving for Children and Families with life threatening illness in the Hudson Valley. We’ve placed a Giving Tree in the lobby of both clubs with gift ornaments on each. Members and Staff have been taking the ornaments home to purchase gifts from the family wish lists.”
“We are proud at Europa Sports Products to be able to contribute to many charitable endeavors over the year. Many of our employees initiate and lead these efforts such as our Stop Soldier Suicide Campaign, Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, Winter Coat Drive as well as our annual Toy Drive. It’s a testament to our employee’s generosity and their willingness to give back to their community.”
Tammy Tufty, Europa Sports Products
“This year, ABC Financial has teamed up with Arkansas Children’s Hospital – Festival of Stars Toy and Donation Drive. The employees raised over $3,000 dollars and purchased over 350 gifts to donate to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Founder and Chairman, Jim Bottin, challenged the entire ABC family to donate as much as possible, as he matched all contributions to this great charity.”
Jennifer Hutchinson, ABC Financial
Gold’s Gym Jackson, TN
“2015 was a very big year of giving for Gold’s Gym Jackson. In August we donated over 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in the community. In October we raised over $15,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides campaign (that is coming off of last year’s donation of over $10,000). In November, on Thanksgiving Day, we held our 11th Annual Gold’s Gym Turkey Day 5k, where we raised approximately $15,000 for RIFA, an organization that feeds and clothes underprivileged and homeless people in the community. There were 855 runners at this event. It was our largest one to date, and since its beginning we have donated almost $65,000 total to RIFA! We are currently working on Christmas for 35 children by way of an Angel tree in the gym where they will receive toys and clothes from our members and staff.”