As we enter into our 40th year, we at Worcester Fitness can look back on a long history of connecting with our community with fondness and pride. We've always held the fundamental belief that it is our responsibility as a local company to play a leadership role in supporting local charitable organizations who look to us for assistance. We are a family owned and operated health and wellness club located in Worcester, and we've been here for 40 years. Our Worcester roots run deep, and we're proud of that. Staff and members affectionately refer to us as Worcester Fitness Nation. In 2017, we in the nation answered the call and delivered help to those in need.
2017 may have been our finest year for giving back. When discussing charity and giving back, we are not just referring to the monetary and in-kind donations to countless causes that we make as a company. We're talking about the time, effort and money that our members race to offer those who need it the most. We believe in charity, and love providing the platform for our members to give, but it's the generosity and compassion of our members that drives our philanthropic efforts forward. 2017 saw more than $75,000 raised and donated. $75,000 in one year, generated by this little health club on Grove Street and it's friendly, kind and generous members! $75,000 that went to local partners in need such as Ivy Child International, Worcester Animal Rescue League, Why Me/Sherry's House, Veterans Inc, Dana Farber Cancer Center, American Cancer Society, Mary Beth Benison Foundation, Fit Club Foundation, Planting the Seed Foundation, Abby's House and Homes for Our Troops.
Staff and members are also strongly involved with the Worcester Public School Mini-Olympics program where we volunteer our time to cheer and support athletes in the Fall and Spring events. We also provide uniforms for all students who participate, with over 35 colors unique to each school so the young athletes can proudly unify while representing their school.
We raised our money in unique and fun ways like our seasonal Touch the Tower Run/Walk to Bancroft Tower and back. Our annual Spin-a-Thon held every March has raised $31,000 in the last two years. Our new Knock-out 90 breast cancer event was held in October and is sure to become a big part of our annual fundraising campaigns. When two Worcester Fitness members were diagnosed with devastating cancer, Worcester Fitness Nation held a big bash and raised money to assist them in their drive to get well. Our monthly Yoga for A Cause events raised money for several small, local agencies in Worcester. The Worcester Fitness Running Team traveled to the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. and raised $34,000 for Homes for Our Troops. Our year was capped off with our Merry Midnight Madness ultimate fitness and endurance event, we finished the year in style putting us well over $75,000 raised in 2017.
2018 is our 40th year, and we have planned a wonderful series of unique, fun, exciting, and innovative ways to engage our members while making significant contributions to local charities right here in Worcester. For more on our connection to the community, past and future events, please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org