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Kudos to less familiar fundraisers

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Updated: December 2, 2012 2:06PM



As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, I keep learning how fund-raisers we don’t hear
much about share their love and caring.

This past weekend, one of my Special Olympics coaches, Rick, told me he has helped raise money for Barbells for Boobs, which is connected with Mammograms in Action, which pays for mammograms for women and men who cannot afford the procedure.

As you might guess by the name, there is a connection with a fitness group. Region Crossfit has a facility at 2701 Beech St. in Valparaiso, and is somewhat different than most fitness centers. According to owner Mark Belanger, they concentrate on group fitness with functional workouts that are different each time, and include practical movements we use every day.

For example, most of us pick up things every day, so squats are incorporated in the workout, as are steps, running, jumping and even using a sledge hammer. Belanger said that workouts can be easy or hard, short or long, according to the physical needs of each person. There is always a trainer involved in each group.

Belanger said they also do a fundraiser in May for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Now that Halloween is over, next up is Thanksgiving, which is one of my favorites, as it just involves sharing thankfulness and joy with those we love.

Of course, right after Thanksgiving, most of us are focused on the next holiday, Christmas, with all it’s joy, fun, laughter, and PANIC! Panic that we’ll never get everything done, all the gifts bought, or decorations up.

The American Association of University Women is selling fresh Scot pine wreaths to hang inside or outside, or to give as lovely gifts.

Wreaths come in four sizes: 20 inches ($15); 24 inches ($20); 32 inches ($25), and 44 inches ($35). Every wreath is decorated with pine cones and red bows.

Proceeds support the association’s scholarship program, which awards a scholarship each year to a Porter County woman. Deadline to order is Nov. 11; call 477-7454.

Meanwhile, I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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