How We Can Expand Our Learning By Giving
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Mike Alpert, CEO & President of Claremont Club
The Holiday Season is right around the corner, and I must say that it's my favorite time of the year. You might think it's because of gifts, parties and food and beverages, but it's really because of the giving spirit that seems to especially come out this time of year.
I have been honored to be part of the REX Roundtables since 2002, and it has meant more to me both professionally and personally than anything I can think of. Our Roundtable is made up of some of the finest club operators and people I know. So, I want to let you know about the extraordinary giving that these clubs are doing in their communities to make life better for others in need:
- Paula Neubert is the President of Greenwood Athletic Club, a suburb of Denver. They just finished their 12th Roadless Ride, which is a one-day indoor cycling event to raise money for Brent's Place, a local charity that provides housing for families who have children with cancer. The families need a safe place to live during the time that their child is being treated at the Children's Hospital. The stays can vary from a few weeks to several years. Participants purchase a bike in a one-hour ride, and instructors donate their time. Classes go every hour from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM. This year, the ride raised $119,000.
- Mark Cuatt is the CEO of All Sport Health and Fitness in Fishkill, New York. Each year, All Sport teams up with Family Services, a local crisis center to collect requested items for families in need of assistance during the Holiday Season. Their club has an ornament display in their lobby with each item that members and staff take. For many of these families, gifts during the holidays are a luxury out of their reach. Thanks to All Sport members and staff, their wishes come true.
- Aaron Moore is the Director of Operations for VIDA Fitness in the Washington, DC metro area. They support N Street Village, which is a small, local charity that helps homeless and low-income women with housing, employment, mental and physical health services, addiction recovery and much more. They developed a fashion show called Runway to Recovery, featuring their trainers and instructors as models with local companies donating clothes and makeup services and raised over $25,000.
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