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Planet Fitness To Bring On A “Judgement Free” 2018 As Presenting Sponsor Of Times Square’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
Posted: December 13, 2017 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., announced that it will once again play host to the biggest party on the planet. In partnership with Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, the Judgement Free Zone is bringing on 2018 as the presenting sponsor of Times Square's New Year's Eve celebration for the third consecutive year, inviting people worldwide to be "Judgement Free" in the New Year and beyond. Approximately one million revelers in Times Square will ring in a "Judgement Free" New Year with bejeweled and festive New Year's Eve party hats and balloons decked out in purple and yellow, the brand's signature colors. Planet Fitness will be featured on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018" on Sunday, December 31 beginning at 8:00PM EST on the ABC Television Network, with a presence in New York, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, as well as on the Times Square 2018 webcast throughout the night. Read More...

Planet Fitness And Its Franchisees Raise More Than $1 Million For Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Posted: November 27, 2017 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., announced that, together with its franchisees and members, it has raised more than $1 million for its nonprofit partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as a result of the company's October membership sale. The annual fundraising effort, now in its second year, supports Planet Fitness' philanthropic initiative, The Judgement Free Generation, which aims to prevent bullying and promote kindness. Since 2016, Planet Fitness and its franchisees have donated nearly $3 million in support of the cause. Read More...

Contec, Inc.’s Elaine and Jim Smith, Taylor Smith Honored for Philanthropic Efforts
Posted: November 27, 2017 in Suppliers

Athletix Products by ContecSPARTANBURG, S.C. - Contec, Inc.’s Elaine and Jim Smith, and Taylor Smith have recently been recognized for their contributions to two Upstate non-profit organizations. The Association of Fundraising Professionals SC, Piedmont Chapter celebrated the 2017 National Philanthropy Day on Wednesday, November 15. During the luncheon, the AFP recognized philanthropists’ and volunteers’ significant contributions to various non-profit and for-profit organizations across our region. Read More...

Ecore Launches #MakingPeoplesLivesBetter Contest at HCD 2017
Posted: November 14, 2017 in Suppliers

ecoreLANCASTER, PA - During the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference (HCD), November 11-14, in Orlando, Ecore launched a contest for designers and architects to showcase projects meant to improve people’s lives. The #MakingPeoplesLivesBetter contest offers designers a chance to submit a recent project that makes a positive community impact for a chance to win $2,000 and be featured on Ecore’s blog and social media channels. Read More...

Genesis Health Clubs Launches Industry-Leading Membership Recognition Program
Posted: November 8, 2017 in Chains

Genesis Health ClubsWICHITA, KS - Genesis Health Clubs announces a major expansion of its membership loyalty program. The redesigned G-Perks program is expanding to all 44 clubs and will provide members the ability to redeem G-Perk points for savings on top hotels, exclusive deals, name brand merchandise as well as get instant deals on events, resorts, attractions movie tickets and more. Members also receive special benefits when they purchase gift cards, rent cars or book airline flights through the members-only website. The new G-Perks program started on November 1, 2017. Read More...

Blink Fitness Celebrates Members with Disabilities In New Social Media Campaign to Demonstrate All Bodies Are Able Bodies
Posted: November 8, 2017 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness, the premium quality, value-based gym strives to be a place where gym goers of all shapes and sizes feel welcome. Since launching the company's original "Every Body Happy" platform, the gym has challenged industry norms by celebrating how exercise makes you feel, not just how it makes you look. Blink Fitness recently and proudly earned the Title III ADA Sapolin Accommodation Award from Mayor de Blasio and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for being Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Now, Blink recognizes members who are defying the odds and maintaining physical fitness while living with disabilities. Read More...

Now, Through October 13, Planet Fitness to Donate 100% of All New Member Enrollment Fees to Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Posted: October 2, 2017 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., aims to spread kindness and end bullying this October (National Bullying Prevention Month) by donating 100% of all new member enrollment fees now through October 13 to its nonprofit partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The promotion, which last year raised more than $1 million, helps support programs to prevent bullying and promote a culture of kindness through Planet Fitness' philanthropic initiative, The Judgement Free Generation. Read More...

9Round to Host 6th Annual Kick Event for Breast Cancer
Posted: September 27, 2017 in Chains

9Round: 30 Min Kickbox FitnessGREENVILLE, S.C. - 9Round, a fast-growing kickboxing fitness franchise, will host its 6th Annual Kick Event for Breast Cancer on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Throughout the day, fitness enthusiasts will have a unique opportunity to help raise money for the support of breast cancer research and awareness. Participating 9Round locations across the United States and Canada will donate one penny for every kick recorded. Read More...

Cycle For Survival Launches 2018 Battle To Beat Rare Cancers In Times Square
Posted: September 25, 2017 in Chains

Cycle For SurvivalNEW YORK, N.Y. - Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers, will celebrate the national launch of registration and fundraising for its 2018 signature rides with the Times Square Takeover on September 27, 2017. Nearly 1,000 supporters will take part, including rare cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) doctors and special guests. High-energy cycling rides will be led by instructors from Equinox, Cycle for Survival's founding partner, on more than 100 stationary bikes in the heart of Times Square. The event is presented by smartwater, Cycle for Survival's longstanding official hydration sponsor. TAG Heuer, the avant-garde of Swiss watchmaking, will debut its sponsorship as the Official Timepiece and Official Timekeeper of Cycle for Survival. Read More...

In-Shape to Raise $100,000 For Cancer Research
Posted: September 20, 2017 in Chains

In-ShapeSTOCKTON, CA - In-Shape Health Clubs, one of California’s top destinations for fitness and recreation, announced its goal to raise $100,000 in the month of October for its 3rd annual campaign to fundraise for cancer research. Read More...

NuStepping to End Alzheimer’s Teams Raise Over $240,000 for The Longest Day
Posted: September 18, 2017 in Suppliers

NuStepANN ARBOR, MI - The results have been tallied and NuStep, LLC is proud to announce that its NuStepping to End Alzheimer's teams raised $243,094 to benefit The Longest Day, an Alzheimer's Association fundraising event held each year on the summer solstice. NuStep, a manufacturer of cardio exercise equipment used in healthcare, fitness and senior settings, has been a global team partner of The Longest Day since 2014. Read More...

The 31st Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon Presented By Equinox Raised More Than $1,142,000 For Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Posted: September 17, 2017 in Chains

EquinoxMALIBU, CA - Athletes, celebrities, spectators and donors came out to support the 31st annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon, presented by Equinox, which raised more than $1,142,000 for Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Pediatric Cancer Research Program. Over 5,000 participants tested their fitness by swimming, biking and running in the waters and on the sands of Malibu to benefit this special cause. Read More...

The 31st Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon Presented By Equinox Makes Waves In Zuma Beach
Posted: September 12, 2017 in Chains

EquinoxMALIBU, CA - The Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox, one of the nation's largest triathlons, hosts its 31st annual race on September 17, 2017 at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California. Thousands of participants will gather to compete in the half-mile ocean swim, 17-mile bike ride and 4-mile run. The Nautica Malibu Triathlon, presented by Equinox, helps support the Pediatric Cancer Research Program at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, which focuses on discovering cures and preventative solutions for childhood cancers. Read More...

Cycle for Survival Invests $34 Million in Rare Cancer Research in 2017
Posted: September 1, 2017 in Chains

Cycle For Survival NEW YORK, N.Y. - Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers, announced funding plans for the $34 million raised in 2017 by its extraordinary community. 100% of this record-breaking total goes to rare cancer research and clinical trials to improve how cancer is diagnosed and treated. Cycle for Survival's annual indoor team cycling events, led by instructors from the movement's founding partner Equinox, took place in February and March in 16 cities across the country. Read More...

Planet Fitness and its Franchisees Award $50,000 in Inaugural Judgement Free Generation Scholarship Program
Posted: July 27, 2017 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States, announced it has awarded 10 deserving high school students nationwide as the recipients of its inaugural Judgement Free Generation Scholarship Program. As the home of the Judgement Free Zone, Planet Fitness seeks to recognize young people who have promoted kindness, acceptance and inclusion in their communities, qualities that Planet Fitness and its charitable partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, strongly support. As part of the program, each scholarship recipient will receive $5,000 toward their college education. Read More...

Planet Fitness Honored For Excellence In Corporate Social Impact
Posted: June 7, 2017 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States, announced that the company has been honored with Engage for Good's 2017 Gold Halo Award in the social services category. The award recognizes the Company's impact with its pro-kindness, anti-bullying initiative, The Judgement Free Generation, and was announced at the 15th Annual Engage for Good (formerly Cause Marketing Forum) Conference in Chicago on June 1, 2017. The Halo Awards are North America's highest honor in recognition of organizations that have taken action and positively affected their communities with effective social and cause marketing initiatives. Read More...

Second Annual Ride For A Reason Raises More Than $750,000 For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital And Life Time Foundation
Posted: June 6, 2017 in Chains

Life Time FoundationCHANHASSEN, MN - Ride for a Reason, the indoor cycling movement to help find a cure for childhood cancer and improve children's nutrition, has raised more than $750,000 during the second annual event hosted at more than 100 Life Time destinations across the country. Fundraising for the event remained open through May 22, allowing participants additional time to raise funds for two charity partners, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Life Time Foundation. Read More...

With Midtown’s Help, MINDSTRONG Raises 1.8 Million Dollars for the Jewish General Hospital’s Psychiatry Department
Posted: May 30, 2017 in Chains

Midtown Athletic ClubMONTREAL, QB - On Sunday, May 7, 2017, Midtown Sanctuaire hosted the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) Foundation and Auxiliary’s 3rd annual CIBC MINDSTRONG fitness event. An unprecedented $1.8 million dollars was raised to support mental health services at the JGH. Read More...

Maria Shriver And Equinox Sports Clubs Announce Expanded MOVE FOR MINDS 2017, A Groundbreaking Initiative Of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement To Raise Funds For Women-Based Research
Posted: May 24, 2017 in Chains

EquinoxLOS ANGELES, CA - Maria Shriver and Equinox Sports Clubs, a high performance lifestyle leader in health and fitness, have a newly expanded MOVE FOR MINDS experience scheduled for Sunday, June 4, bringing together women across the country to increase awareness of Alzheimer's as a women's disease and raise necessary research funds to find a cure for it. Read More...

Hundreds of Anytime Fitness Gyms to Host “May Free Workouts” to Keep America Moving
Posted: May 2, 2017 in Chains

Anytime FitnessWOODBURY, MN - Starting as a grassroots effort by a few Anytime Fitness gyms in 2015, "May Free Workouts" has grown into a nationwide campaign to promote physical activity. More than 700 gyms participated last year, with a similar number expected to host 2017 events. Activities in past years have included yoga sessions in the park, tug-of-war competitions, Zumba classes and kickboxing lessons. All workouts, designed for people of any fitness level, are led by Anytime Fitness personal trainers or gym staff members. Read More...

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