Our Involvement in the Community
FFC partners with two local charities to train endurance participants
January, 2012 – FFC has partnered with AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) and Bright Pink to train their participants competing in the Chicago Triathlon (T2) and Chicago Marathon (Bright Pink), to raise funds for their respective charity. When participants sign up with each program, included is an intensive training program through FFC to prepare them for completing their grueling, endurance event of choice. FFC is also committed to recruiting participants and donating media resources to making the most of these partnerships. Learn more at t2ea.com and brightpink.org.
FFC West Loop Preview Night: An Opportunity to Give Back
August, 2011 – FFC marks all of its new Club openings with support of the local community. At the Preview Night celebration of the West Loop location, Founder and CEO Gale Landers presented checks in the amount of $3,000 each to By the Hand and the Metro Community Center, both worthy after-school programs in the Cabrini-Green and West Loop neighborhoods, respectively. Learn more at bythehand.org and midtown-metro.org.
Sweatin’ for a Cure to benefit ALS and Augie’s Quest
October, 2011 – For the 4th consecutive year, FFC participated in the Clubs for a Cure program, to benefit ALS research and Augie’s Quest. Augie Nieto, founder of Life Fitness, was diagnosed with ALS in 2005. Since then, he has committed his life to finding a cure for this degenerative nerve disease. To date, Augie’s Quest has raised over $30 million to fund research and laboratory time. To date, FFC has raised over $100,000 for this amazing cause. Sweatin’ for a Cure was a Super Group Fitness Class, held at our Union Station location, that helped raise over $5,000 for Clubs for a Cure. Learn more at augiesquest.com.
Boys and Girls Club of Chicago
FFC Oak Park celebrated its Grand Opening Friday, May 18th with over 2,000 Charter Members and guests attending Preview Night the day before. FFC CEO & Founder Gale Landers shared the ribbon cutting ceremony with Oak Park Village President David Pope and along with GM Jeff Long presented a $2,500 check to Executive Director Dennis Chewdoba of the Chicago Region Boys and Girls Club of America. “We see this as a perfect opportunity to lead by example and inspire others to participate in a healthy lifestyle while supporting a local organization in our community that is committed to helping those in need,” said Landers.
Fitness Formula Clubs presented a check fro $2,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago during the live broadcast of the WGN Morning News Drive Thru Toy Drive on December 14, 2007.
Bridge to Success
Heartland Human Care Services
In November, 2007 FFC Members gave in a big way! Business suits, shirts, dresses and more were donated to the Heartland Human Care Services Bridge to Success clothing drive. Bridge to Success provides participants with much needed workplace and interview appropriate clothing and coaching to build self-confidence through appearance and preparation for interviewing and employment. Pictured above: Bridge to Success Director, Susan Van Veen (center right) accepts a clothing donation from FFC Gold Coast General Manager Larry Duncan and the FFC Gold Coast Member Services team. For more information on the Bridge to Success program visit www.thebridgetosuccess.org.