Every organ in your body depends on your heart. As it pumps, this muscle provides oxygen and nutrients to everything else. At Shirlee’s, our members take cardio classes to strengthen heart health. But the women who work out at our gym have another kind of heart as well: compassion for others. We at Shirlee’s are just as proud of the way our members exercise this kind of heart.
This year we sponsored three fundraising drives for health-related causes. Our members responded with generosity. Here are the amounts raised:
Relay for Life American Cancer Society—more than $1,000
City of Hope Breast Cancer Blood Drive Event—more than $2,500
Salvation Army Bake Sale—more than $500 and a truck-load of food and clothes.
Wow! More than $4,000 was donated to our community with the help of our members, family and friends.
For some people, meeting a fundraising goal can seem as daunting as reaching a fitness goal. Curing cancer, for example, or providing for the poor among us, seems an impossible challenge. Why even bother to try? What many of our members have found, however, is that being part of a strong, positive community makes all the difference. We cheer each other on. The same attitude that helps us reach fitness goals inspires us to meet fundraising goals.
Thank you so much to our members who gave, and in doing so motivated others to follow their lead. Special thanks for donations made by Mary Lamb, Carol and Richard Anderson, Karen and Bob Sorosky, Shirlee’s Aqua Elites, De Marie Bottai and many more. Every dollar counts. We hope to increase our efforts on these causes next year so as a team we can help even more. Shirlee’s also recently established the ShirleeStrong Membership Fund to help pay for gym memberships for women from our community who have cancer or other health issues who would otherwise be unable to afford membership. We welcome you to join us in our outreach by making a donation.
Just as the pumping of your heart provides sustenance for the rest of your body, the generous giving of our members supports the well being of the common good. For more information on any of the causes we support, please call (909) 985-6400.