THE GYM Raises $8,000 with 3rd Annual Homes For Veterans Fundraiser

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THE GYM, a complete lifestyle and fitness center, has continued in its philanthropic efforts with events that raised money for Homes For Veterans. This is the third year in a row THE GYM has supported this worthy cause.

Homes for Veterans is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization whose mission is to modify the homes of disabled veterans to make them handicap accessible and barrier free. Many veterans are unable to attain the resources needed to buy or modify their homes for handicap access, so all modifications made to their homes by the organization are done at no cost to them. THE GYM first started working with Homes For Veterans in 2014, and has raised almost $24,000 since. This year, THE GYM is proud to report that support from members and staff this year totaled an impressive $8,000.

Doug DiPaola, President / CEO of Homes For Veterans, commented, “The staff at THE GYM are an amazing group. I watched them volunteer their time on Veterans Day to have a push-up contest fundraiser to support Homes For Veterans. They want the members of our armed forces know how much Americans appreciate their service and sacrifice. They did a terrific job. Thank you to all.”

Homes For Veterans Fundraiser by The GYM
Left to right: Lisa Bruchalski, Pete Kandel, Doug DiPaola, President/CEO of Homes For Veterans, James Siletti, Jeff Rivers.

 

In November 2014, THE GYM raised $12,196 by hosting a series of fundraising events for Homes For Veterans. The money was used to make urgently needed repairs to the Newark, New Jersey home of Sergeant James Bellamy where the organization engaged a contractor who completed a $16,450 renovation of the front porch, stabilizing the structure and augmenting the installation of a mechanized wheelchair lift that was installed by the Veteran’s Administration.

Lisa Bruchalski, Fitness Director at THE GYM of Montvale, said “I am so proud of our members and staff for sticking with and supporting Homes For Veterans! And a very special thank you to Pete Kandel and James Siletti for your service, and participation in the event, of course!”

In November 2015, the fundraising events included a push-up contest, with trainers and members participating in a friendly competition where funds were raised with every push-up. The fitness events and sales of “Support Our Troops” t-shirts raised over $3,400 for Homes For Veterans last year.

Homes For Veterans Fundraiser by The GYM
Thank you to our Englewood team members Lurressa Thomas, Daniel Pavas and Jessica Wolthoff for your service to our country.

 

This time around, funds raised by THE GYM will be used to help former Marine, Kyle Chappell, of Morristown, NJ. After graduating from high school, Chappell enlisted in the Marines, serving four years, during which he spent nine months each in Iraq and Afghanistan. In April 2015, Chappell was seriously injured in an accident, suffering injuries to his spinal cord and the loss of his leg. The special event was a Veterans Day Walkathon with participants wearing a 65lb vest, as well as t-shirt sales with all proceeds going to Homes For Veterans.

“We have looked forward to these fundraising events for Home for Veterans since the first year we started the initiative,” said Nurit Chasman, Fitness Director at THE GYM of Englewood. “The fact that we have staff members who are also Vets makes it even more fulfilling. Thank you to Daniel Pavas, Lurressa Thomas and Jessica Wolthoff for your service!”

THE GYM stands behind and is proud to support those who have protected and served our country with honor. The dedicated members and staff are committed to helping charitable organizations like Homes For Veterans, and other local causes. THE GYM is gratified by the success of these annual fundraisers, and will be conducting other fundraising events in 2016.

Homes For Veterans is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to adapt the homes of disabled veterans to make them handicap accessible and barrier free. Based in Harrington Park, New Jersey, Homes For Veterans helps disabled veterans who are unable to secure the necessary resources to modify their homes to accommodate their disabilities.

Homes For Veterans
105 Highland Avenue
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
201-660-8364

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THE WORLD IS A MESS!!!! You Say?

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“THE WORLD IS A MESS!!!!”  You Say?

How about helping to clean it up! Yes YOU!

After hearing the news of the day, chock full of death, doom, divisiveness, and other dastardly deeds what do you do? Put your hands over your ears?  Cover your eyes? Play endless games of Pokemon to forget what you’ve seen or heard? Take out your anxiety on people or small animals? Lose another night’s sleep?

OPEN YOUR EYES!

THERE IS A BETTER WAY!

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Did you ever wonder about your neighbors, friends or co-workers who have family coming back wounded and injured from fighting and serving in the United States Military? Not necessarily the people you see on TV or commercials but someone who lives on your street, works in the store around the block from you or whose children go to school with yours.

That is precisely what we did when we founded Homes for Veterans. We were so frustrated with the dark, negative and depressing things we saw happening all around us, everyday, every hour and in every newscast, newspaper and radio broadcast.

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We really wanted to bring some light into the world for a change, even if that light would only shine as far as the perimeter of our own proverbial backyard. We knew there already existed very large Veterans organizations, from the Government on down, with a mission to help Vets.

We decided that we wanted to engage in “close range” activities with local veterans, kind of like an Infantry branch maneuvering in a terrain where the larger organizations may not be, where we could put our work boots on and walk up to the front door of a disabled Veteran in our town if we noticed they needed a wheelchair ramp for their porch so they could get in and out of their house by themselves.

It wasn’t long before we found local Veterans like *Sergeant Robert Clarke in Clifton, NJ, Veteran Charlie White in Linden, NJ, and Sergeant James Bellamy in Newark, NJ who really needed help. Many of these Veterans had almost given up trying to make their lives better, needing simple things like a doorway widened for their wheelchair, handicap-accessible appliances, bathrooms and sinks or ramps to be able to get in and out of their homes.

We found older Veterans from the Vietnam War who had faded into the background behind the Middle East conflicts and the current politics of our day and young Vets who had been in the Gulf War and still others who had done tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. They too needed things that didn’t seem too far out of reach for us to try and help them. So, with the help of folks just like you, we did!

So today, here we stand, ready to help, improving the lives of these service men and woman, one Veteran at a time.

What about you?  Are you ready to help make this world a little bit better? Now is your chance!

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Find a way to help us. It can be big or small but find a way to help us make a better world, one Veteran at a time. After you do, you can go back to playing Pokemon but I’m guessing you may not.

You’ll be happy!

*Look at our website to read more about our work and to see projects that have been completed and projects on which we are now working. There are plenty of ways to help.

Homesforveterans.us    201.660.8364    email info@homesforveterans.us    501©(3) charitable organization

The GYM Holds Fundraiser for Homes For Veterans

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NorthJersey.com : News : Business
April 14, 2016
Last updated: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 12:31 AM
GYM Fundraiser for Homes for Veterans

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THE GYM, with locations in Montvale and Englewood, recently hosted a successful fundraising drive to raise money for disabled veterans through 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 where funds were raised with every push-up. The fitness events and sales of “Support Our Troops” T-shirts raised over $3,400 for Homes For Veterans.The GYM Fundraiser 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,” said Doug DiPaola, President/CEO of Homes For Veterans. “Their team effort exemplifies how much Americans appreciate the service and sacrifice of our 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, New Jersey home of Sgt. James Bellamy, reconstructing the front porch and providing him with safe and easy access to a mechanized wheelchair lift that was funded and installed by the Veteran’s Administration. THE GYM was honored to help fund the renovations to Sgt. Bellamy’s home.

“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,” said 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. After graduating from high school, Chappell enlisted in the Marines, serving for four years, during which he spent nine months each in Iraq and Afghanistan. In April 2015, Chappell was seriously injured in an accident, suffering injuries to his spinal cord and the loss of his leg.

“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 Lt. Colonel Angela Reynolds and former Specialist Rebecca Miller Pringle.

“I was really proud to see those push-ups knocked out because I knew for every one done a vet was going to be helped,” said Pringle, who works as a Premier Military Real Estate Agent. Reynolds and Pringle are members of Team Red, White & Blue, whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.