Category Archives: Special Events

Special events at Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym in Upland.

Save the Date!



Mark Your Calendars! Shirlee’s will be hosting a “Celebration of Women’s Health” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday October 1, from 10 am to 2 pm.  The free event is open to the public and is also sponsored by Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and InterValley Health Plan. We will have free screening, demonstrations, fitness tips and more.  Plan in advance to be there on the first day of October.…

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Relay For Life May 21



Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym invites you to join Team D-Lad  ❤ Shirlee’s at Upland’s Relay for Life on Saturday, May 21 in Magnolia Park. The event raises money for the American Cancer’s Society’s fight against cancer.  The team’s name honors gym member Frances Ladner’s son, Daniel (D-Lad), who died from complications of leukemia at 18, as well as Shirlee’s, whose owner, Gary Peterson, died in October 2014, also from leukemia. The gym is now owned by his wife, Konnie Vong, and supports health-related causes.

“We are so proud of our members for helping us to sponsor a ShirleeStrong Team at the Upland Relay for Life in the past couple of years,” said Vong. “Together we raised more than $1,000 each year and we hope to do the same this year.”

The first time cancer struck Frances Ladner’s family was in 1983 when her sister, then 24, was diagnosed with ALL leukemia. “She fought her battle with grace and dignity,” Ladner recalls. “Bobbi was a nurse. She love to take care of others. After a three-year battle, she left us at the age of 27.”

In 2007, cancer struck Ladner’s family again: three times. “My husband was diagnosed with bone cancer in January and was just getting used to the shock and everything that’s goes along with treatment when in March my father was diagnosed with lung cancer,” Frances remembers. “It was quite difficult but we all managed. My husband continues maintenance chemo and my father is an 9-year cancer survivor.”


The third and hardest blow came at the end of that year. “In November our beloved Daniel was 18 and had just started college when I heard the worst news of my life,” she said. “I received a phone call from the doctor that my son’s blood tests showed something very serious. He told me Daniel needed to see an oncologist. My heart dropped.” That afternoon she learned that Daniel had APL leukemia, a rare but treatable cancer. Daniel was admitted into the hospital to start treatment on a Thursday. “We brought everything he needed for a short stay,” she recalls. “But God had other plans. Daniel started having complications on Friday afternoon, which was something no one ever thought would happen because was young and otherwise healthy. He died a few days later.”

Konnie Vong, owner of Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym, shares a bond with Frances Ladner. Her husband, Gary Peterson, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011 and died in October 2014. With Konnie’s support, in his last three years Gary put incredible passion into building Shirlee’s into the top-notch gym it is today. Many of us at Shirlee’s, both members and employees, remember Gary for his upbeat attitude, his drive to succeed in all his endeavors, his commitment to health and fitness, and his genuine compassion for others.

Like Frances and Konnie, most of us have felt the blow that cancer strikes, either to ourselves or to a loved one.  We have an opportunity to unite and honor those who lives have been touched by cancer by joining team D-Ladner   Shirlee’s.  “As Daniel’s mom I’ve made it my fight to stand up and pay it forward so others never have to hear those words, ‘You have cancer,’” said Ladner.

“Shirlee’s is all about supporting each other,” added Vong. “We support each other’s personal fitness goals, and we support our community in the fight against cancer.”

Join Our Team.  Registered team members walk around a track and participate in activities during the event, which takes place all day Saturday and into Sunday morning. Team members can camp out overnight. To join the team or to learn more, visit our Relay page.

Make a Contribution. You do not have to attend the relay to help.  You can pledge online to our team or drop off a contribution at Shirlee’s front desk. Every single donation counts! If half the members at Shirlee’s gave $5, we would surpass our goal. If you make a donation, you will be entered in our raffle for a great prize.

If you have questions or would like to help our efforts by volunteering, please call Konnie at (909) 985-6400.  Thank you.



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Save the Date: Upland Relay for Life Sat May 21



We are so proud of our members for helping us to sponsor a ShirleeStrong Team at the Upland Relay for Life in the past couple of years. Together we raised more than $1,00o each year.  This year the Upland Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, May 21 in Magnolia Park. Please put this event on your calendars. And check back here on our website, our FB page, and at the front desk in the coming weeks for more information on how you can donate and participate.  THANK YOU, LADIES!  You are awesome.…

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Member Appreciation: Mini Facial Event March 17


Shirlee’s would not be what it is today without our fabulous members. We want to thank you for your support by offering you the chance to get a free mini facial from Kiehl’s. Spots are limited so please sign up at the front desk. The event will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, from 9 am to 6 pm.  We will also be having a Lorna Jane trunk sale that day so you can shop for quality activewear right here at Shirlee’s.…

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Help Seniors, and send Konnie over the Edge

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Neighbors helping neighbors. That’s sometimes all it takes to keep seniors in their homes and communities as they grow older.  Connecting seniors with people, information, resources and communities is the mission of a local non-profit, Community Senior Services. CSS is celebrating 40 years of service with an unusual fundraiser: Over the Edge. Donors who contribute $1,000 will rappel off the 10-story Ontario Airport Hilton Hotel.

Shirlee’s owner Konnie Vong has accepted the challenge and is asking members to raise $1,000 so that she can donate and rappel on our behalf.  Please help by dropping off a few dollars at the front desk in the next couple weeks.  The event takes place on Saturday, December 5 at the Ontario Hilton Hotel.

Rappelling will be a thrill for Konnie, and she will be thinking of our support as she looks out at the sky, holds onto her rope, and makes her way safely down.

Shirlee’s is all about fitness of mind, body and spirit. Joining together and giving back not only helps seniors in need, it also creates a sense of community and empowerment among ourselves.  Thank you for your generosity.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer through CSS, please contact them through the information below. CSS can match your time and talents with local ­seniors in need.

Community Senior Services
141 Spring Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Community Senior Services serves the West San Gabriel Valley and adjacent San Bernardino County communities of:


Chino Hills
Diamond Bar
La Verne
Rancho Cucamonga
San Dimas
West Covina…

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Power of Pink


Whoever said pink is for sissies?  Not at Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym! On Sat., October 17 a sea of pink-clad ladies jumped and danced in the sun like Energizer Bunnies at the gym’s Third Annual Party in Pink Zumbathon and Blood Drive, an event that raises money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awarenss campaign and for breast cancer research at the City of Hope.

Several of Shirlee’s talented and energetic Zumba instructors took turns leading the enthusiastic crowd:


  • Lisa Padilla
  • Martha Keates
  • Tracy Cruz
  • Becky Frost
  • Bre Yakemonis
  • Marisol Baez
  • Sandra Torres

Funds raised from a $15 entrance fee went to Susan B. Komen and funds from $10 raffle ticket sales went to City of Hope.  The combined total was $3,000.

“I am so proud of our members for coming out to support our Party in Pink!” said gym owner Konnie Vong. “Our power is in our connection with each other. And as a team we raised a significant amount of money.”

In addition to raising money, the event also collected blood for City of Hope.  A mobile van collected donations from 30 people.

The Zumbathon/Blood Drive event included vendors offering special discounts and a taco truck with fantastic food.  Shirlee’s partnered with many local businesses to provide raffle prizes.

Christy Passoth, the winner of 2012 Beauties of America 60, spoke about how important it is for women to advocate for their own health and not put off breast cancer screenings.

Watch a one-minute video on our Party in Pink.


Shirlee’s acknowledges our sponsors and others who contributed to the success of party in Pink.


Sunset Tan
Golden Spoons
Pomona Mining Company
Smash Box
Skin Perfect Sonia Martinez
Golden Skin and Nails Spa
The Refresh Bar and Spa
Hair by Heather Taylor
Bert and Rocky’s Ice Cream
AMC Movie Theater
Dr. Martha V. Saucedo DDS
Carol and Richard Anderson
Kristine Dutra
Tracy Cruz
Mary Lamb
Jojo Terzano
Bre Yakemonis
National RAM Business Systems
Dr. Konnie Vong, LAc
Travis Carney
Power Pros Electric Company
El Cerritos Mexican Restaurant
Lorna Jane
De Marie Bottai
La Paloma
Emily Stevenson
Helen Rico
Jan Luke
Limericks Tavern
Christie Passoth
Sandy Abesedos
Yvonne Maldonado
Kathy Chevalier
Britney Degen



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Change of Heart Event Feb 18

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Ladies, you won’t want to miss fun, fitness, and fabulous raffle prizes at Shirlee’s on Wednesday, Feb 18. We will be hosting a Change of Heart event to benefit the American Heart Association’s Go RED for Women.

Change of Heart is a grass roots program presented by SELF Magazine to teach women about heart disease, the number one cause of death for women, and motivate them to improve their heart health. This event is open to our members and the public, so please tell your friends and neighbors. For $20 participants receive:

  • a year’s subscription to SELF Magazine
  • a SELF water bottle
  • a raffle ticket and a chance to win great prizes from Nordstrom and local businesses
  • full use of our gym for the day
  • Pinkberry yogurt
  • Heart health tips

We will also have special events, such as:

To register, stop by the front desk or call (909) 985-6400.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease causes one in three deaths of women each year.  It is more deadly than all forms of cancer, killing approximately one woman every minute.  Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease, and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen. The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood. While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.

“We are proud to open our facility and host a Change of Heart day,” said Vong. “The event is a fun way for us to bring together our members and the community to educate women about heart disease, fitness, and health.”

Our goal is to raise $1,000. On behalf of Shirlee’s and our members, thank you for your support of this event to raise money for the American Heart Association.…

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Party in PInk Zumbathon Oct 20

Zumbathon to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

Come and join six GREAT instructors—Lisa Padilla, Cheryl Helgren Gomez, Annie Francese-McCutcheon, Sue Mayer, Cindy Gavin, and Martha Keates—for a two-hour Zumbathon to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. To spice things up even more, we will be raffling off valuable prizes.

This outdoor event is open to both members and non-members, so please invite guests (even men) to attend.

Mark your calendars for Sat, Oct 20, from 2-4 pm.  We will be having raffles, refreshments and LOTS OF ZUMBA!! $10 tickets available at Shirlee’s and at the door! DONT FORGET TO WEAR PINK!…

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