Middletown, RI – Bridge to Fitness recently held a special “Work It Out for MLK” fitness event to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on November 24th.

Three 30-minute rotating group exercise sessions of custom training were featured comprising cardio, strength work and spinning.  With over 35 participants, the event raised more than $700 for the Community Center and served to kick-off the fitness center’s annual toy drive also for the Center. Donations of new unwrapped toys will be accepted at the gym during regular business hours through December 14th.

“The turn-out was great and all the attendees were so generous,” stated personal trainer and event organizer, Rachel Alexander.  “With the pre-Thanksgiving food drive, the ‘Work It Out for MLK’ event donations and the toy drive, we feel we are making a positive impact on behalf of the Center in multiple ways that help everyone during the holiday season,” she added.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore 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.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

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

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.