Middletown, RI – Bridge to Fitness will be holding a variety of fundraisers, special events, food pantry, and toy drives, from now until just before Christmas all to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Marcus Wheatland Boulevard in Newport.

The drives kick-off with donations of non-perishable food items now through November 14th just before Thanksgiving for the Center’s local food pantry.  Contributions can be dropped off at the gym at 951 Aquidneck Avenue during normal business hours.

Following-up on the food pantry drive will be a special event titled “Work It Out for MLK”. The event will be on Saturday, November 24th from 8:00 – 9:30 AM. The event will feature three 30-minute sessions of custom training designed by professional trainers: Rachel Alexander, Kevin Davis, and Gina Lali.  The sessions will start off simultaneously in small groups with each session focused on either: Alexander’s cardio circuit, Davis’ strength works, or Lali’s spinning class with participants rotating around once their session has ended.  Attendance is just $15 and everyone will receive a raffle ticket for prizes ranging from a Bridge to Fitness membership and gift basket worth over $600, a massage with Megan Healy, a Horizon Beverages sampler and other special items.  Additional tickets can be purchased for $5 apiece or three for $10.00.  All proceeds will go to Community Center’s Holiday Toy Drive.  Everyone is also encouraged to bring in a new unwrapped toy to the gym as part of the Toy Drive and special workout event.

Finally, with the “Work It Out for MLK” being the official Toy Drive kick-off, Bridge to Fitness will be accepting toy donations from November 23rd – December 14th with a special photo alongside the Bridge to Fitness Elf on December 17th, further details on the photo event to come.

“The Gainz for the Girlz” Breast Cancer Awareness fund raiser in October was the inspiration to create a similar special fund raising work out session during the holiday period.  We wanted to provide even greater support so we added the food pantry and toy drives; all to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center,” stated Rachel Alexander, personal trainer and lead organizer of the series of events.  “Everyone who participated in last month’s three 30-minute sessions had so much fun that we are sure that there will be an even better turnout for this one,” she added.

“The October fund raiser was such a huge success for a national cause that we thought we should now turn our attention to local community needs during the holiday season.  The logical choice was the King Center as they do so much year round for those in the community and require even more support at this time of the year,” said Lisa Cecchi, owner of Bridge to Fitness. “With multiple events and drives, I am sure the gym and its generous members can have a significant impact on the needs of the Center,” Cecchi offered.

For more information on Bridge To Fitness, visit http://bridgetofitness.com/.

For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, visit www.mlkccenter.org.

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