Augie’s Quest to Recognize Newtown Athletic Club Owner for Leadership in Fight against ALS

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Jim Worthington to Receive Leadership Award at the BASH for Augie’s Quest Gala in Orlando, FL on March 23

The impact Jim is making in his community to fight ALS is inspiring, and we’re grateful for his passion and fundraising support to drive research forward to end this disease.

Augie’s Quest announced today that it will honor Jim Worthington, owner of Newtown Athletic Club, at the annual BASH for Augie’s Quest gala presented by the International Health, Racquetball, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) being held tonight in Orlando, FL. Worthington will be presented with the BASH’s Leadership Award, given to a member of the community who shares in the vision and mission of Augie’s Quest to fund research to end ALS and who unifies others in an outstanding way to join in that effort.

“Jim has become a tremendous advocate and champion for ALS research, bolstered by his relationship with Holland, PA resident, Matt Bellina, a young man who served as Lt. Commander in the Navy and who is now battling ALS. Inspired by Matt’s determination to find treatments and cures for ALS, as well as others who are battling the disease, Jim has gone above and beyond to support ALS research through fundraising events, such as Matt’s Mission, which have been held at Newtown Athletic Club,” says Augie Nieto, founder of Augie’s Quest, chairman of the ALS Therapy Development Institute, and person with ALS. “The impact Jim is making in his community to fight ALS is inspiring, and we’re grateful for his passion and fundraising support to drive research forward to end this disease.”

Newton Athletic Director of Public Relations and Community Partners, Linda Mitchell, adds, “Jim really cares for Matt, Caitlin and his two little boys, Kip and JP. We are in awe of Matt: his spirit, his strength, his determination, and everything about him! Matt has brought to our lives a sense of purpose and joy that only comes from being able to give of oneself to someone and something else that is bigger than all of us. Matt's Mission and Augie's Quest are those gifts to us.”

To date, Newtown Athletic Club has donated over $315,000 to Augie’s Quest, which funds ALS research taking place at the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Jim Worthington is being presented with the Leadership Award by Matt Bellina, person with ALS, at the BASH for Augie’s Quest tonight in Orlando, FL. For more information, please visit

About Augie’s Quest
The purpose of Augie’s Quest is to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised more than $45 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments- making it the largest individual fundraising program for ALS!

All funds raised by Augie’s Quest benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute (, the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Support comes from a huge network of national events and promotions, including the BASH for Augie’s Quest, Tradition of Hope Gala and widely successful campaigns within the very generous fitness industry, such as the Clubs for the Quest, as well as a hugely innovative joint-fundraising initiative called the ClubCorp Charity Classic which benefits Augie's Quest and other local charities chosen by that networks members directly. For more information, visit

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