A fundraising drive to raise money for disabled veterans was held at THE GYM in Montvale and Englewood.
The funds were raised for Homes For Veterans, a local charity based in Harrington Park.
The fundraising events included a push-up contest, with trainers and members participating in a friendly competition. Money was raised with every push-up.
The fitness events and sales of “Support Our Troops” t-shirts raised over $3,400 for Homes For Veterans.
"Homes For Veterans thanks the veterans and all of the employees and members of THE GYM who participated in the fundraiser. Their team effort exemplifies how much Americans appreciate the service and sacrifice of our veterans,” said Doug DiPaola, President/CEO of Homes For Veterans.
Over the past two years, THE GYM has raised $15,400 for Homes For Veterans. Last year, a portion of that went toward repairing the Newark home of Sgt. James Bellamy, reconstructing the front porch and providing him with a mechanized wheelchair lift.
“It was so nice to see what our fundraising events were able to do for Sgt. Bellamy, and we really look forward to helping another veteran through this year’s efforts, says Lisa Bruchalski, Group Fitness Director at THE GYM of Montvale.
The funds raised by THE GYM this time will be used to help former Marine Kyle Chappell of Morristown, who lost his leg and has spinal cord injuries after serving nine months each in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I'm proud to be part of THE GYM's fundraiser to better the lives of our American patriots,” said personal trainer James Siletti of THE GYM.
Siletti served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant. Also participating in the fundraising effort were two local Army veterans, retired Lieutenant Colonel Angela Reynolds and former Specialist Rebecca Miller Pringle.
THE GYM is committed to helping out charities like Homes For Veterans and other local causes.