Health and Fitness Column

NC fitness center raises $12K for autism

By John Taylor | Nov 12, 2013
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Forged Fitness, a fitness center and martial arts facility located in Raleigh, raised over $12,000 for the Autism Society of North Carolina fundraising event.
To generate revenue, Forged Fitness hosted more than 150 people for the event, which offered attendees the opportunity to participate in their “signature” workout routine. The attendees ranged in ages from 10 to 66, and the event also included a silent and auction live music.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will help fund services for families affected by autism across North Carolina, including the Autism Society of North Carolina-Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter.
Autism Society of North Carolina CEO, Tracey Sherriff, said Jason and Melissa Culbreth, owners of Forged Fitness, were instrumental in facilitating this fundraiser, and have witnessed firsthand many of the challenges and successes that families with autism face every day. One of their employees has a child with autism, and the child is also a member at the gym.
“Supporting the Autism Society of North Carolina through our annual charitable fundraiser is our way of giving back to the community and showing solidarity with our staff and their families,” Sheriff stated in a press release. “The annual Forged Fitness event is rewarding on many levels. It combines my two passions: physical fitness and helping individuals and families affected by autism. This money goes right back into the community to improve their lives while also educating our communities about autism.”
The fundraiser included a partnership with Omega Sports, which donated a large amount of the proceeds.
More fitness centers are opening throughout the state each year. With a new genre of gyms like Curves, CrossFit, and mixed-martial arts training, consumers have more workout options available to them compared to ten years ago. However, if a person is looking for a fitness facility to join, and cannot decide which one would be a good fit for their lifestyle, perhaps looking into their charitable contributions should a considering factor.
Of course all workout centers will say they want to help you meet your fitness and health goals, but will the operators of these establishments provide membership subsidies for those who can’t afford the dues, like the MedWest Health and Fitness Center in Waynesville does?
Or will they provide donations to local 5K races and summer youth programs like Body Shop Fitness in Asheville?
I’m not saying to join a fitness center just because they raise money for charity, but wouldn’t you feel better knowing that the place where you exercise takes part of your membership dues, and gives it to worthwhile causes?

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