A group of hard-core fitness fans raised $6,000 for Place of Hope’s foster kids by squatting, lifting and jumping at the July 23 “Fit for Hope Day” with Hard Exercise Works and Chick-Fil-A in Wellington.
Half of the money raised was through an impromptu burpee challenge that HEW Wellington owner John Szarszewski and his coaches created just two days before the event.
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. I’m blown away by our #hewwelly community pulling together to raise more than $1,500 for Place of Hope foster organization in one day,” Szarszewski said.
Place of Hope thanked Chick-Fil-A for providing food at a reduced price, and some of the Chick-Fil-A team members participated in Fit for Hope.
The event was held at Seminole Palms Park at 151 Lamstein Lane in Royal Palm Beach. Participants were encouraged to give a $10 donation for Place of Hope’s efforts to raise $10,000, which pays for the care of one child in their care for one year. For more event details, visit www.placeofhope.com/fit-for-hope.
Place of Hope was ranked the “No. 1 Nonprofit for Youth Development, Shelter and Crisis Services in the Nation” by Charity Navigator and one of the “11 Top-Rated Charities That Changed the World in 2014” by The Huffington Post.
It is a faith-based, state-licensed children’s organization that provides family-style foster care (emergency and long-term), family outreach and intervention, and maternity care.
The organization also provides safety for sexually trafficked victims, transitional housing and support services, foster care recruitment and support, and hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect. Learn more at www.placeofhope.com.
ABOVE: Hard Exercise Works coaches at Fit for Hope Day.