SOUTH AMBOY – Organizers said that “Fitness for a Cause,” the community fundraiser that took place at the South Amboy YMCA last week, was a huge success. Community members came out to support the charitable efforts of the YMCA, American DanceWheels Foundation, and the Cultural Arts Training Foundation.
Donations were accepted throughout the day in return for specialized fitness classes with top instructors from each organization. All attendees received a Bodybuilding.com drawstring bag packed with wristbands, Gaspari Nutrition product samples, and the award-winning, motivational film “Perspective: The Nick Scott Story.” In addition to Bodybuilding.com and Gaspari, the sponsors included CrossFit 732, 2B Entertainment, TemPure, SJ Tactical Fighting Arts, and Nerium.
Tabata, taught by YMCA instructor, Denise Morgan, seemed to be the most popular fitness class of the day, organizers said. While some attendees learned how to salsa dance with professional dancer, Aubree Marchione, in the upstairs studio, some danced in the downstairs pool with YMCA instructor, Ingrid Valencia, during the Aqua Zumba class.
CrossFit 732 instructors, Robert Esposito, Alexandra Marrero, and Jerry Andrews, donated their time to teach intense 10 minute CrossFit sessions throughout the day. The self defense courses taught by Cultural Arts Foundation instructors, Jamie and Michelle Morris and Lance Parvin, received rave reviews from attendees. The most unique class of the day was wheelchair ballroom dancing given by American DanceWheels Foundation, according to organizers. Amy Sonntag, an occupational therapist, came all the way from Maryland to take the class. “That class was awesome! I’m excited I found this great program, and I can’t wait to learn more!”
Proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign by providing membership and program assistance to kids and families who might not otherwise be able to afford to pay for YMCA services.
American DanceWheels Foundation will use their portion of the donations to implement wheelchair ballroom dance programs in local VA hospitals for disabled veterans. The therapeutic dance program helps integrate injured patients back into the community, while increasing their physical strength. It has also been proven to help veterans deal with PTSD and other emotional issues.
Remaining proceeds will help fund Cultural Arts Training Foundation’s after school Child Empowerment Course, which teaches children how to avoid and deal with bullying confrontations through verbal de-escalation, realistic self defense, and team mediation.
The organizations thanked everyone who supported the event.
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