Spin for Paco / The Paco Project

$5,030 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 62 months
Skye Malik
for Learning Ally (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.)

Spin for Paco is a special Spin-a-thon/Fitness Event on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Paris Fitness NY [752 West End Ave. (between 96-97 St) Manhattan]. The goal is to raise money for The Paco Project; all donations go directly to the non-profit organization, Learning Ally. The Paco Project was created by Skye Malik, a dyslexic NYC student herself, whose life was literally changed by Learning Ally. (Please see below to read about this incredible organization.)

Who is Paco?
Skye named the project after her grandfather Leo "Paco" Corey who was so ashamed of his difficulty reading that he kept silent about it for 80 years. Too many dyslexic students still feel ashamed and helpless in school. All the money raised by The Paco Project is going to be used specifically to help NYC dyslexic students gain access to Learning Ally's services. Learning Ally is a great first step for meeting dyslexia head-on.

How can I participate/donate?
If you are interested in spinning ($25 donation) or buying a spin team ($100 donation) for the Spin for Paco event on December 14, please click on the appropriate tabs above. We will contact you with details. You do not have to be a Paris Fitness member to participate. Participants must be at least 13 years of age and those under the age of 18 will be asked to sign a parental consent form.

You do not have to be a Spin for Paco participant or New York City resident to make a donation. One of our goals is to have 250 people donate $10 each. Please consider helping us achieve that by choosing the special tab above. Or just click on the donation tag and pledge whatever amount you wish. No donation is too small or too great. Every dollar is appreciated and acknowledged. There are special incentives for those able to donate larger amounts. Ben Foss, a fellow dyslexic and inventor of the Intel Reader (a remarkably innovative text to speech converter) along with headstrongnation.org has generously offered to donate 5 Intel Readers to the Paco Project. If you are able to donate $500, an Intel Reader will be donated in your name to a public school in NYC.

What is Learning Ally?
Learning Ally was founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves over 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans and lifelong learners "“ all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally's collection of more than 80,000 digitally recorded human-read textbooks and literature titles "“ featuring a heavy emphasis on STEM resources "“ is delivered through internet downloads, assistive technology devices, and mainstream devices like iPhone and iPad, and is the largest of its kind in the world. Thousands of volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the educational materials, which students rely on to achieve academic and professional success. Learning Ally also offers individualized support services for parents of dyslexic children to help manage their educational and personal needs. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Learning Ally is partially funded by grants from state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information, visit LearningAlly.org.

A very special thank you to Paris Fitness. Skye's mom, Karen is a trainer at the gym and Skye's dad, Chander has been a member for 30 years. To find out more, please visit http://parisfitnessny.com/

To learn more about The Paco Project, please visit thepacoproject.org
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Here is to a wonderful 2014! Thanks to everyone who helped us reach our goal. Congratulations to the winner of the Intel Reader Raffle...Keely D. from Illinois!
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You could win an Intel Reader for only $10!

Click on the "Intel Raffle" Reward Level, make a $10 tax deductible donation to Learning Ally and your name will automatically be entered to win an Intel Reader. The drawing will be on December 31,2013 and the winner will be notified via email. Good Luck!
Enter the Intel Raffle for only $10
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Dear Parisians.

Join in on the fun on Saturday, December 14 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm.
SPIN for PACO is a spin-a-thon/fitness fundraiser and holiday party!

To register to spin, click on the $25 reward level. Beginner to advance riders are welcomed. For those of you who have never taken a spin class before, this is a wonderful 25 minute ride....a great intro! And of course advanced spinners can go all out! Remember you do not have to be a Paris member to register to spin.

You can also create your own team of four riders for $100.

There is going to be lots of fun activities planned... everything from Bollywood to Kettle Bells, Indian Food to Cookie Decorating. Not to mention a fabulous Grand Prize Raffle drawing and lots of holiday cheer.

Even if you are unable to attend on Dec.14. Please consider making an on-line tax-deductible donation of any size. Every dollar raised goes directly to Learning Ally and helping NYC dyslexic students.

Thanks to all.
See you on December 14...

Skye Malik

Hello Paris Fitness Members
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Here is your chance to win your very own Intel Reader! We have decided to raffle off one of the five Intel Readers generously donated by Headstrong Nation. Click on the "Intel Raffle" Reward Level. Make a tax deductible $20 donation to Learning Ally and your name will automatically be entered to win. The drawing is going to be on December 31, 2013 and the winner will be notified via email. Do not miss out on your chance to enter!
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$5,030 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 62 months
Created October 7, 2013
Funds raised will benefit:
Learning Ally (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.)
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Princeton, NJ
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Meredith English
60 months ago

We're so proud of you, Skye; we love you! Kate and Meredith English

60 months ago
In honor of Paco
61 months ago

Please donate to a school under the name of Leo "Paco" Corey

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