GREENSBURG – Big Brothers-Big Sisters (BBBS) of Decatur County got a fundraising boost thanks to the recent efforts of many at Greensburg’s Anytime Fitness.
BBBS administrative assistant and AIM mentor program coordinator Katie Stoffel told the Daily News that Anytime Fitness’ recent fundraising events, which took place throughout November and December, resulted in a donation of more than $1,700 to the local BBBS chapter.
The sizable donation, which proved to be a pleasant surprise to BBBS staff, came about through the local health club’s November Mentor Round-up and subsequent activities involving staff members and patrons alike.
Some of those activities included a treadmill marathon during which participants walked a total of 24 hours combined, in addition to “train your trainer” events where Anytime Fitness clients turned the tables on their instructors, putting them through an exercise routine of the client’s design.
Pony rides courtesy of Roger and Cheryl DuMond boosted the program as did the acquisition of new Anytime Fitness members. Jody Coffman of Anytime Fitness said new memberships and new personal training packages automatically added $10 of their respective down payments to the tally awarded to BBBS.
All in good fun, the multiple events followed up the “Cowboy Round-Up Party” in November, which lassoed a couple new program mentors, but perhaps more importantly, raised community awareness of the importance of organizations such as BBBS, Stoffel said. One of those mentors was Coffman, who now volunteers a portion of her time each week as a “lunch buddy” for a local elementary student.
“They did a great job for us,” Stoffel said of the efforts of Anytime Fitness staff and patrons. “It [the donation] will help us meet our budget. It was a great surprise for us.”
Stoffel said the unexpected donation, which totaled $1,713, will go to good use, though the funds are not designated for any particular program.