Win ‘heavy weight’ prizes at Parkinson’s Project Benefit

By Bari Auerbach….
Imagine winning a brand new car from Tropical Chevrolet; enjoying a prime steak at Morton’s; acquiring acclaimed Romero Britto artwork; being pampered with a massage and spa treatments; or getting a gift card to Best Buy…and the best part is – it can all be absolutely free! These are just some of the great raffle prizes that will be up for grabs when Olympia Gym in Aventura hosts the 2nd annual Parkinson’s Project Benefit featuring three popular fitness modalities: Spinning, Body Forging and Zumba dance lab.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, the community is invited to help support the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and the Herbert Kay Parkinsons Chapter by participating in a 90-minute spin-a-thon (8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.), followed by a power yoga-like Body Forging class (10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) and a high-energy Zumba dance lab (11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.).

“Once again we’ve had a wonderful response from local businesses donating  products, goods, and services to be raffled off throughout the event,” said coordinator Roy Roden. “We’ll be selling raffle tickets for all the great prizes that will be drawn during the three fitness events – and with a donation over $25, you could win a new car from Tropical Chevrolet.”

If you sometimes find it hard to work up the energy to workout, just looking at the list of some of the charity event sponsors should help get you motivated: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc; Runner’s Depot; Bulldog Nutrition; Joe’s Stone Crabs; Kosher Kingdom; Edible Arrangements; Danny Mizrachi Day Spa & Salon; Stivelman Family; Heavry Burger; Cool J’s Urban Wear & Foot Wear; Pillar; Lola’s on Harrison; Massage Envy; City Bikes; Instyle Day Spa & Salon; Morton’s The Steakhouse; Best Buy; Romero Britto; Andrea Larsen Ultimate Nutrition; Holistic Addiction Treatment Program; Udonis Haslem athletic shoes; Bill Wieger Gallery; Sail Cygnus; Dr. Mark Frankel dentistry; Whole Foods Market – and the list continues to grow.

Anticipating this year’s event will be even more successful than the first Parkinson’s Project Benefit, Roden said, “Our first event raised over six thousand dollars and continues to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Parkinson’s Program. Contributions are helping research on the national level as well as our local community as both institutions are determined and resolute in their commitment to finding a cure.

“The cause of Parkinson’s disease remains a mystery, and there is still no cure. Fifteen percent of patients are diagnosed before age fifty and the disease affects one of every  one hundred persons over the age of sixty. Thanks to research like that at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Parkinson’s Program, as well as PDF, many PD patients now live well into their eighties.

“Having recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s myself, this event holds a very special meaning to me. It offers me an opportunity to be a part something bigger than myself. To fight the disease that’s affecting me, my family, and millions of others.

“I would like to invite everyone to either participate, volunteer, pledge a contribution or come in and support us in our efforts to make this year’s event an even greater success!”

For more event information, phone: Olympia Fitness Center located in Aventura’s Promenade Shops 305-932-3500.

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