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Our Involvement in the Community

The American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb – 3/6/16

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The Fight for Air Climb is one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association. By joining the Fight for Air Climb, you are helping to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission of the American Lung Association while training to climb the stairs of the Presidential Towers – participants can choose to climb 1, 2, 3, or all 4 towers! Come climb with the American Lung Association on Sunday March 6, 2016 – registration and full event details can be found at www.FightForAirClimb.org!

FFC Members – register for ONLY $15.00 – use discount code FFC16 when you sign up!

Spin to Break the Cycle – Saturday, 4/9/16

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Spin at the House of Blues Make a Difference in Chicago!

On Saturday, April 9, Spin to Break the Cycle takes over the iconic House of Blues creating an indoor cycling experience like none other. Every hour 100 people step up to the bike – spinning to the beat of a live DJ’s high-energy music mix. Off the bike the celebration continues with a special reception and an area for rejuvenation.

Spin to Break the Cycle participants take part in more than a memorable fitness event – they join together to break down fear and invest in hope so all of Chicago’s youth have the opportunity to dream, succeed, and survive.

There Are Three Ways to Help:

  • Register to Spin – FFC members receive $5 off registration with promo code FFC16.
  • Donate – FFC is trying to raise over $20,000 to support this important cause and every donation makes a difference.
  • Attend a FFC Charity Workout – throughout the month of March, FFC will be hosting special workouts at our clubs. Classes will ask for a suggested donation of $10.

Visit http://ffc.com/break-the-cycle/ for more information on each of these ways to help and register for your spot in 2016 Spin to Break the Cycle NOW!

Guarantee Your Spot in the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Team Bright Pink

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Be part of a team that will raise over $500,000 in 2016 to save countless lives from breast and ovarian cancer. Run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Team Bright Pink and your entry fee and training costs are FREE (a combined value of $771!). World-class marathon training is provided by Fitness Formula Clubs, including group runs, strength training, interval track workouts and a ton of fun. This incredible experience is yours for just a $1000 fundraising commitment.
Guaranteed entries are limited. Learn more and join the team here!

Run For a Cause With Team to End AIDS

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Team to End AIDS (T2) Chicago is the endurance training charity program benefiting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). For over 10 years, T2 has trained more than 5,000 athletes and raised in excess of $10 million benefiting AFC and HIV/AIDS-related community charities.

Whether this is your first race or your 50th, T2 partners with Fitness Formula Clubs’ certified coaches to offer training programs for multiple endurance events for participants of all abilities.

T2 is about the journey as much as the destination. Coaches, staff and athletes will help you train, fundraise and celebrate life, making your T2 experience unforgettable.

A $55 registration fee includes race entry, Fitness Formula Clubs membership, coach- led training, personal fundraising support, training/race apparel, VIP race day experience and fundraising participant center.

TEAM TO END AIDS (T2 Chicago)

RUN PROUD with T2, register today at T2EA.com!

FFC will make a donation to each member of T2 for anyone who is an FFC member as of May 1. This donation will count toward the fundraising minimum for each participant.

List of Upcoming Events

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon – August 28, 2016

Fundraising minimum options: $2,000 (T2 paid training) ($1,000 for participant paid for training)

Chicago Half Marathon – September 25, 2016

Fundraising minimum: $1,000

Bank of America Chicago Marathon – October 9, 2016

Fundraising Minimum: $1,200 (register before April 12), $1,700 (register after April 12)

TCS New York City Marathon – November 6, 2016

Fundraising Minimum: $2,500

Individual Challenge – choose your own event or turn your passion into a successful fundraiser. From a 5k or lemonade stand to a destination marathon or golf outing. Turn your idea into reality!

Ride for AIDS Chicago – Join the T2 Team for Test Positive Aware Network Ride for AIDS Chicago July 9 & 10

FFC and Gift of Hope

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Friday, Oct. 10 was a special night for two of our own. FFC Marketing Director, Daniela Spaid, and FFC West Loop member, Quinetta Taylor, each received Individual Achievement Awards at Gift of Hope’s Lifesaving Partners Awards Event. The event recognized those who go above and beyond to help ensure donations are made, keeping hope alive for men, women and children in need of new organs.

Gift of Hope is a non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public organ donation education in Illinois and northwestern Indiana. As one of 58 OPOs in the country, Gift of Hope works with 180 hospitals and serves nearly 12 million people in its donation service area. Since 1987, Gift of Hope has saved the lives of almost 20,000 organ transplant recipients.

Daniela was recognized for her efforts to make Gift of Hope the official charity sponsor of the 2014 FFC Year of Wellness contest, and for the collaboration and implementation of the Fit For Life campaign, which brought Gift of Hope’s message to more than 23,000 FFC members, encouraging them to register as donors during April, National Donate Life month.

Quinetta has been a Gift of Hope volunteer since 2013, speaking to students, clinical professionals and donor families about organ and tissue donation. She’s an advocate for those in need of organ transplants, including herself and her father. Quinetta has suffered from chronic kidney disease since her sophomore year of college, but was unable to be placed on the national donor list because she was almost 150 pounds overweight. After winning the initial Year of Wellness contest in 2013, Quinetta lost enough weight to qualify for a new kidney. It will hopefully be here any day.

Daniela and Quinetta are shining examples of what one person (in this case, two) can do in the name of helping others. Fantastic work, ladies!

 

Heartland Alliance Coat Drive

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Share Warmth. Donate a Gently Used Coat.

Recycle your gently used warm winter coats and help those in need. Heartland Alliance, the Midwest’s leading anti-poverty organization, is gathering men’s, women’s, boys’ and girls’ winter coats for recently arrived refugees who are receiving resettlement services in Chicago from the Alliance. Please help make their transition to a new life in Chicago a little warmer by donating your warm coats today through Saturday, Oct. 25. See designated receptacles at FFC East Lakeview, Gold Coast, Halsted Street, Lincoln Park and Oak Park to donate. Visit www.heartlandalliance.org to learn more about this cause.

Canine Assistants and FFC Gold Coast

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FFC Gold Coast celebrated its 20th anniversary with its annual member appreciation party in August. There was good company, food, music and a furry visitor that caught many attendees’ eyes. The golden retriever in attendance was a Canine Assistant, an animal companion specially trained to provide certain services for his human. Proceeds from the party’s alcohol sales and silent auction, totaling $5,850, went straight to Canine Assistants, the Georgia-based non-profit organization that trains and provides service, companion and seizure response dogs with children and adults with physical disabilities, and other special needs, all over the country.

Founded in 1991 by Jennifer Arnold, a multiple sclerosis sufferer, Canine Assistants places 75-100 dogs with recipients annually. 95% of money donated goes directly to training, feeding and caring for the dogs, as well as the travel, lodging and food costs of someone going to the Milton, Ga. training facility to train with and receive his/her dog. Canine Assistants also covers all medical costs of its dogs throughout their lifetimes.

Recipients pay no fees for these wonderful animals. Canine Assistants receives no government funding and depends solely on individual donations. Fitness Formula Clubs thanks all who attended and contributed to this cause that provides so much for so many.

SPIN TO BREAK THE CYCLE

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Chicago youth and communities continue to struggle against the devastating impact of violence. Every day there are stories about the devastating impact violence is having on our community and on the lives of youth across Chicago.  In 2013 alone, were more than 370 homicides and over 1,500 shootings.  Something needs to be done to break the cycle of violence.  

EVENT OVERVIEW

Spin to Break the Cycle was a high-energy, indoor cycling event held at the House of Blues Chicago (329 N Dearborn St). The funds raised support the work World Sport Chicago is doing to make a tangible impact on addressing violence in Chicago.  On March 8th, 2014, Fitness Formula Clubs’ instructors lead 8 hours of spin sessions to give individuals, corporations and the greater Chicago community a unique and inspiring way to be a part of the solution. In addition to a rewarding workout, participants enjoyed fundraising incentives, prizes, a complimentary event tech t-shirt and a reception following each spin session. As the official Health Club sponsor, FFC donated 50 spin bikes that were auctioned off.  The collective participants’ fundraising efforts and sales from the bikes brought in $160,348!

THE IMPACT

Spin to Break the Cycle sponsors and participants took part in a memorable fitness event and joined together to raise funds of over $160,000 to support these programs that are addressing violence in Chicago:

Becoming a Man – Sports Edition (BAM – Sports)
BAM-Sports changes lives through the combination of an in-school social/emotional counseling curriculum and after-school sports. A research trial by the University of Chicago Crime Lab proved that participation in BAM-Sports led to a 44% lower incidence of violent crime arrests and significant improvements in school engagement. Learn more about BAM-Sports.

PlayStreets Chicago
In Chicago access to existing parks or playgrounds can often be obstructed by gang territories and drug trade. A collaboration of private, public and community-based entities, PlayStreets Chicago is a community-driven initiative aimed at reclaiming public spaces and transforming residential streets into places for safe family play. Learn more about PlayStreets Chicago.

About World Sport Chicago
World Sport Chicago (WSC) is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization that teaches positive values and leadership through sport. The organization acts on the belief that sport has the power to strengthen individuals, and in turn, Chicago’s communities. World Sport Chicago promotes programs and events as well as collaborates with several community partners, public agencies and Chicago’s professional sports teams to deliver impact and change. Learn more about http://www.worldsportchicago.org.

FFC and Gift of Hope Urge Members to Get Fit for Life

fit-for-life-donorFitness Formula Clubs and Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network are partnering to raise public awareness of organ and tissue donation.  We set out to encourage people to register as organ and tissue donors through the network’s month-long Fit for Life Campaign, conducted throughout National Donate Life Month in April.

In late 2013, FFC named Gift of Hope its charity partner for FFC’s 2014 Year of Wellness Contest. That partnership continues during National Donate Life Month, as we work together to promote donation through special events and a series of donor registration drives at all nine FFC locations during April. (See schedule below.)

Our premier event will be held at FFC Union Station on Wednesday, April 16. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Jesse White Tumblers will be on location to show their support for organ and tissue donation, while showcasing their acrobatic prowess. Kidney transplant candidate and 2013 FFC Year of Wellness Contest winner Quinetta Taylor also will be on hand to share her personal story of donation and transplantation. Please join us for this special showcase event.

The schedule of donor registration drives being held at FFC locations can be found below. Make plans to stop by to register as a donor or show us that you’ve already registered and receive a complimentary gift.

  • East Lakeview: Saturday, April 5, 8am – 12pm
  • Old Town: Monday, April 7, 4:30 – 8pm
  • West Loop: Wednesday, April 9, 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Lincoln Park: Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 – 8pm
  • Union Station: Wednesday, April 16, 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • South Loop: Saturday, April 19, 8am – 12pm
  • Gold Coast: Monday, April 21, 4:30 – 8pm
  • Oak Park: Wednesday, April 23, 7 – 10:30am
  • Halsted: Tuesday, April 29, 4:30 – 8pm

For more information about the Fit for Life Campaign, e-mail Daniela Spaid, FFC’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, or call her at 312-648-4666, ext. 229.

Team Bright Pink

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LOOKING FOR A GUARANTEED SPOT FOR THE 2014 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON? TEAM BRIGHT PINK HAS A BIB WAITING FOR YOU!

Commit today. FFC will help you get to the finish line.

2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Date: 10.12.14

Great Incentives:
-FREE Registration
-FREE 18-week FFC marathon training program
-Customized Team Bright Pink Jersey
-Spa Night
-Pasta Party
-Celebration Party
-Prizes for Top Fundraisers

Fundraising Minimum:
-$1,000 (before 4/7/14)
-$1,500 (after 4/7/14)

Commit Today! Questions? Wendy@BeBrightPink.org