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Bridge to Fitness held an especially created group exercise class on Saturday, November 11th to raise almost $1,000 to benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (MLK Center).  The fitness facility inspired group exercise class trainers, Rachel Alexander and Lauren Freitas, to come up with a unique and early November fundraising event with the proceeds going to the MLK Center in advance of the upcoming holidays.

“Rachel and Lauren are two of our top group class instructors and when they came to me with the idea of a harder more motivating class that benefited the Center I couldn’t have been more enthusiastic for them,” stated Lisa Cecchi, co-owner of Bridge to Fitness in an announcement provided to What’sUpNewp. “The Martin Luther King Jr. Center does so much to benefit our local community and we have been more than happy to participate and initiate fundraisers like this in the past,” Cecchi added.

“Lauren and I wanted to create a workout session that was unique, challenging and different for our usual participants,” said Rachel Alexander, group exercise instructor at Bridge to Fitness in the announcement. “The fact that we could tie it in with such a special organization like the MLK Center and make the workout session a community beneficial event only added to our desire to make it that much more special,” she added.

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.