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April 14, 2016
Last updated: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 12:31 AM
GYM Fundraiser for Homes for Veterans
Pascack Valley Community Life
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.
“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.