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Houston Fitness Partners Launches Geared for Giving Initiative

As part of the Geared for Giving initiative, Houston Fitness Partners donated $10,000 to the Angel by Nature + Relief Gang. Pictured, from left, are Heather Gomes, HFP regional manager; Lucy Garza, manager at Northwest Crossing; Taelynne Gallegos, manager at Katy Fry; Trae the Truth, founder of Angel by Nature and co-founder of Relief Gang; and Abby Belaire, HFP manager of Marketing & Communications.

PF® franchisees don’t just serve their club members; they also serve their local communities. Many businesses can be so focused on generating revenue they forget about their customers and community, but not Planet Fitness®!

This fall, Houston Fitness Partners launched a Geared for Giving initiative. Each quarter, HFP team members are nominated to join the committee that selects a charitable organization from the Houston area to receive a generous donation of up to $10,000.

Taelynne Gallegos, a member of the committee, loved being a part of the Geared for Giving initiative. “Thank you for giving not only me but all of us the opportunity to be a part of this awesome experience! I look forward to being able to present the donation,” she said.

For the third quarter, Houston Fitness Partners selected Angel by Nature + Relief Gang. Since 2008, the organization has worked to improve life for people impacted by hardship and poverty, especially youth. Houston Fitness Partners chose this organization because it believed Angel by Nature + Relief Gang strongly aligned with Planet’s mission of giving back to the local community.

“We’re excited for what’s to come and the organizations we’ll be able to help in the future,” said Abby Belaire, manager of Marketing & Communications at Houston Fitness Partners.

Easy Mile Fitness Makes Fitness Simple for Veteran and His Service Dog

Assisting those who have served their country is a priority for many across the Planet Fitness® franchisee community. One of Easy Mile Fitness’ members in Puerto Rico, George Campoamor, was badly injured during his time serving in Iraq in 2003 and in Afghanistan in 2010, leaving him with partial paraplegia, among other injuries. It has taken numerous operations for him to slowly recuperate.

In 2017, Campoamor became owner to his service dog, Mr. Jack Daniel’s. The Dachshund travels with Campoamor wherever he goes, including to work out at Planet Fitness. He trains in Bayamon Oeste and Manati, two of Easy Mile Fitness’ Puerto Rico clubs. Easy Mile Fitness has been welcoming to Campoamor and his service animal, making Campoamor feel loved and appreciated every time he steps into the gym.

“To come to Planet Fitness is a therapy for me. It is something that is gratifying, especially to see people who greet you and who smile when they see Mr. Jack Daniel’s. Mr. Jack Daniel’s brings joy, and when I come here, it makes me forget the condition I have,” Campoamor said.

While Campoamor works out, Mr. Jack Daniel’s keeps a watchful eye out and alerts his owner of potential convulsions. Once the dog alerts him, Campoamor is able to take medication to assist with the condition. The service dog has also been trained to detect low blood sugar in his owner.

Easy Mile Fitness makes access to its facilities easy for those who may have special needs like Campoamor to ensure the club favorite – and his furry friend – keep returning.

PCV Holding Co. Participates in Boys & Girls Club Staff Event

Franchisees at Planet Fitness® are always happy to support the Boys & Girls Club and the organization’s staff. PCV Holding Co. participated in the Boys & Girls Club of Fresno’s yearly staff kick-off event, “The Great Comeback Central Valley Conference.” On July 27-28, the 11th annual Central Valley Conference was held by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno and Sequoias in Fresno. At the conference, there were more than 120 Boys & Girls Club youth development professionals, who attended 30 educational and training workshops.

As part of the event, PCV Holding facilitated the workshop “Encourages the Establishment of a Healthy Lifestyle,” in which Planet Fitness team members discussed the importance of creating healthy habits of diet and exercise. PCV Holding Director of Operations Brian Cassagio and trainers Ilya Silva and Devon Fang led the discussion in the two-hour session. The Boys & Girls Club staff who attended the workshop left the session with a designed plan to add fitness to their lives.

PCV Holding Co. joined more than 120 Boys & Girls Club youth development professionals at the organization’s yearly staff kick-off event in July.

PCV Holding Co. was excited to participate in the conference. Over the past five years, the franchise group has supported the Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County in many ways, such as a March Madness basketball game and building a Mini Judgement Free Zone® at one of the Boys & Girls Club locations. At the March Madness game, PCV Holding hosted a tournament with four teams made up of PF® staff and members of the Boys & Girls Club. The night included games, prizes, food and drinks.

The Boys & Girls Club expressed appreciation for PCV Holding and its participation in the conference. Next year, the conference will be in Visalia, California, and PCV Holding is already making plans for that event as well.

PF Growth Partners Celebrates Growth with Hagerstown Club Reopening

PF Growth Partners celebrated the grand reopening of its Planet Fitness Hagerstown location with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included Maryland State Delegate Brenda Thiam and Jill Thompson, the director of Community & Economic Development for the City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Photo credit to Glenwood Jackson.

PF Growth Partners, which owns and operates 73 Planet Fitness® clubs, celebrated the grand reopening of its Planet Fitness Hagerstown in April. Planet Fitness Hagerstown originally opened in 2009 and recently underwent over $1 million in renovations.

Located at 1121 Maryland Avenue in Hagerstown, Maryland, the club was expanded by 4,000 square feet to reach 21,250 square feet. After the renovations, the club features a new PF Black Card® Spa area, new strength and cardio equipment, TRX suspension training, updated locker rooms, new entrance way floor tile and a new front desk.

To celebrate the grand reopening, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony with Maryland State Delegate Brenda Thiam and Jill Thompson, the director of community & economic development for the City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington County were presented a $1,000 check at the event.

The Baltimore Orioles mascot and Bob Rocks with WBHB 101.5 radio station joined the celebration, taking pictures and greeting guests. The Baltimore Oriole Bird also participated in a workout at the event, encouraging participants to join. There were giveaways and prizes for attendees, including a 65-inch smart TV; an Amazon Echo Show; an Apple Watch; and Baltimore Orioles/University of Maryland Terps game tickets and apparel. About 200 people attended the event.

“We were elated to celebrate the grand reopening of the Hagerstown club and being in the community for over 10 years with an expanded and fully renovated club,” said PFGP Chief Marketing Officer Josh Gerber. “The reception we received from the community was amazing, and it was so great to see all our members and the community thrilled with the improvements. It truly was a great day for Planet Fitness.”

Lynne Brick, president of PF Growth Partners LLC, holds the $1,000 check that was presented to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington County. Photo credit to Glenwood Jackson.

EPIC Fitness Finds Ways to Lend a Helping Hand for Juneteenth

Volunteers with EPIC Fitness worked at the Gleaners Community Food Bank in Taylor, Michigan, to organize and box food for distribution.

Juneteenth is a U.S. federal holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. In 2020, EPIC Fitness formed a committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), which began searching for ways to promote and foster equality.

EPIC Fitness wanted to commemorate the Juneteenth holiday by giving back to charity organizations in three different communities. The company’s general managers, regional managers and corporate staff all chipped in to give their time to organizations that rely solely on the work of volunteers. In total, 84 employees from the franchise group volunteered their time between the three organizations.

One of the organizations EPIC Fitness selected was HOPE, a Detroit-based nonprofit that works to overcome racism and poverty in the community by providing education and training for underrepresented minorities. The franchise team members in Detroit worked with FOCUS: Hope.

Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 20, the volunteers worked on improving an entire block of a neighborhood in Detroit. The group made a positive impact on the neighborhood block by filling an entire dumpster with weeds, debris and garbage; building and finishing four gabion baskets; planting two trees; weeding, pruning and seeding a butterfly meadow; and cleaning out several flower beds and building new plant beds to be used for community vegetable gardens.

EPIC Fitness also worked with Gleaners Community Food Bank in Taylor, Michigan. The Toledo and Grand Rapids teams spent Juneteenth in the Gleaners Community Food Bank warehouse, organizing and boxing food to be distributed. The group worked hard, and by the end of the day, they had packed a total of 10,080 pounds of food into 336 boxes. This effort by the team will leave a lasting impact on the local food bank and community.

Lastly, the franchise group’s New Hampshire employees worked with Gather’s Portsmouth warehouse. Gather is an organization that distributes healthy food to people experiencing food insecurity. PF Michigan unloaded trucks with shipments of food donated from local stores. The products needed to be organized to go to the community later that day. Additionally, the team built pallets for the family markets that were held later that week.

Since this year’s volunteering efforts were so successful, the franchise group plans on volunteering next year and has discussed how it can make next year’s volunteering efforts even bigger!

EPIC Fitness also worked on improving a neighborhood block in Detroit by cleaning up the area, planting two trees and a butterfly meadow, as well as building new plant beds.