THE GYM Raises Over $29,000 for Two Make-A-Wish Foundation® Chapters

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Throughout the months of January and March 2013, THE GYM of Montvale, NJ, THE GYM of Englewood, NJ, and THE GYM of Armonk, NY conducted a variety of classes open to gym members and non-members alike, from which the proceeds were donated to two Make-A-Wish Foundation Chapters – New Jersey and Hudson Valley.

THE GYM of Montvale team presenting the check to Make-A-Wish NJ.

"The new line of specialty classes we created really encouraged member participation and helped us reach our fundraising goals,”said Lisa Bruchalski, Group Fitness Director and Denise Tourso, Program Design Coordinator.

Throughout the months of January and March 2013, THE GYM of Montvale, NJ, THE GYM of Englewood, NJ, and THE GYM of Armonk, NY conducted a variety of classes open to gym members and non-members alike, from which the proceeds were donated to two Make-A-Wish Foundation Chapters – New Jersey and Hudson Valley. As an added method of fundraising, “Sponsorship Stars” and T-shirts were available for purchase at THE GYM and were displayed on premises with the sponsor’s name – $10 for a “Display Star”, $15 for a “Magnetic Star”, and $20 for a T-shirt. The goal was to raise enough funds to grant the wishes of two children on the Make-A-Wish roster, and they were more than successful with combined proceeds reaching nearly $30,000.

THE GYM of Montvale designed a special line-up of classes for this year's program including the Sponsor–a–Trainer Competition, additional themed classes and events including 80's Spin, Tube Sock Tuesdays, and Wear A Crazy Tie Day – and even a Spin-a-Thon. Participation exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with THE GYM Montvale,” said Todd Shellenberger, Vice President of Development for Make-A-Wish New Jersey. “It’s great to see that this organization continued its dedication to the community and helped raise funds for children in Bergen County who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.” Julann Kennish, General Manager of THE GYM, Lisa Bruchalski, Group Fitness Director and Denise Tourso Program Design Coordinator added, “We are excited about our relationship with Make-A-Wish New Jersey. The new line of specialty classes we created really encouraged member participation and helped us reach our fundraising goals.”

THE GYM of Englewood and THE GYM of Armonk participated for the cause adding thousands to the total – enough to grant the wishes of three children who wanted to “swim with the dolphins” and take trips to Disney World and Barbados. Together, all three locations were able to make a significant contribution to a worthy cause, and all parties involved are looking forward to participating again next year.

For questions or additional information about THE GYM of Montvale’s Make-A-Wish fundraising efforts, please call 201-802-9399 or e-mail Lisa Bruchalski at lbruchalski(at)gettothegym(dot)com.

Click this link for the Make-A-Wish® New Jersey Push-Up Contest Video on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS3TWRWE5tU.

About Make-A-Wish® New Jersey
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. According to a 2011 study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed say a wish come true can affect their health outcomes. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States, its territories and in 47 countries on five continents. Make-A-Wish New Jersey was founded in 1983. Serving children in every municipality in the Garden State, Make-A-Wish New Jersey has granted more than 7,500 wishes since its inception. For more information about Make-A-Wish New Jersey, call 800-252-WISH or visit http://www.nj.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish® .

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey
The Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place
1347 Perrineville Road
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
800-252-WISH (9474)
609-371-WISH (9474)
609-371-8919 (fax)

About THE GYM Montvale
THE GYM is a complete lifestyle and fitness center, designed to promote healthy living in a first class atmosphere. Its unique approach integrates specialized training programs with nutrition and weight management counseling for total body conditioning and optimal fitness. THE GYM is known for its superior quality equipment, expert staff and special amenities, including a clothing boutique, juice bar, and child play area. The staff's attentive service and the facility's array of programs and services provide guests with a state-of-the-art experience.

Please visit http://www.GetToTheGym.com/montvale or call 201-802-9399 for additional information.

THE GYM Montvale
2 Chestnut Ridge Road
Montvale, NJ 07645
201-802-9399

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