On any given evening, there is a party going down at local fitness hub, The Club. The music booms and squeals of excitement can be heard drifting down the hallways of the facility, where Zumba is taking place.
The high energy dance party attracts dozens of participants, where they dance away their cares — and calories — during the hour long class. It is one of the facility’s most popular programs and that is why the Club’s management team decided to harness its power to make a positive contribution.
Catherine Fleming, marketing director for the Club, said the company has held a free, community Zumba party for quite some time. This year, however, they decided to do something more.
“The Club has a strong sense of community and any chance we have to give back is important to us. We had a great suggestion to work with Girls on the Run from John Daniel and it all fell into place. We had done a drive here once before for Girls on the Run which was hugely successful, so it seemed the perfect pairing,” Fleming said.
Girls on the Run is a national campaign to promote positive body awareness and growth through physical activity. As the name suggests, the primary activity is running. Fleming says that the party, which will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, will be free and open to the public. All that is being asked is a donation for the Girls on the Run program.
“It takes place in the gym, with our fantastic Zumba instructors on stage with DJ Patrick Mickey. We have a fantastic array of prizes culminating in an Annual Individual Membership to the gym, giveaways for the best outfit and goody bags,” she said.
“We are asking everyone that attends to bring either: new or gently used girls athletic shoes and/or clothing.”
Monetary donations will also be accepted with 100 percent benefiting the cause.
“We have a table set up in the lobby and are accepting donations now. So if anyone, sadly, cannot attend on the night but would like to donate they can do so at The Club,” Fleming said.