Save our Family - The Club Fitness!

$8,075 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 9 months
Serina Ryder
on behalf of Anna Novak
 LOWELL, MA
Save The Club Fitness!

The members of The Club Fitness in Lowell have joined together to raise money to save our gym, or as some members say, “save our home”!

Last week we found out that our beloved gym will be closing at the end of May because of a heartbreaking and unfortunate situation Karen (the owner of the Club) has been facing for many years. Her business and life partner became abusive and has turned his attention to destroying her business.

The members want nothing more than to find a way to save the place that has been so much more than a gym to them and has been the life work of Karen, Serina, and Anna. It’s a diverse, inclusive and loving community that not only supports its members on their fitness journey but also through life events like marriages, births, deaths, divorces, and unemployment. It’s a place where members can find fun, motivating fitness instructors, and caring people of the community - many of whom have become lifelong  friends.

It’s our turn to give back to Karen, who has been a huge advocate for the Lowell community for decades. As a strong business owner she looked to invest in a neighborhood where few people saw potential. She started The Club and made it her life’s work to shape this community. She has also started the Jackson Appleton Middlesex Business Association and has been involved with Elder Services, the Chamber of Commerce, and the March of Dimes for many years.

This gym has been in the Lowell community since 1992 and we’re not going to let it go without a fight.  As members, we're joining together to support Karen, who has spent her life supporting us.

We only have a few weeks to raise the money we need (the end of May is right around the corner), so please donate to help save the community that Karen worked so hard to build!

Whether we are at our current location or we have to start at a fresh new place, these funds will go towards keeping the Club family together and the gym open! We will also use some of it to help Karen recoup a fraction of the cost she spent to fight to keep her business and club family from being destroyed. 

If sharing this link or posting on social media about the Club, please use #savetheclubfitness so we can find each other and so Karen, Serina, and Anna can see the support!

Click on the link below to read the letter from Karen with more detail about why The Club is closing.

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/An-important-letter-from-Karen--Please-read.html?soid=1101801596035&aid=p39m6ozXKew





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The Lowell Sun article about Our Club was published today! It's an amazing article and it truly captures the spirit of the Club family. If you haven't seen it, you can read it online using the link below:

http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_31004116/more-than-gym-its-family
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The Lowell Sun Reporter said he's never seen anything like this! So many members turning out to fight for their home. We are speechless and blown away by your stories that all had the same sentiment. "We are family. This is our home. This is not just a gym. We aren't ready to go." Thank you is just not enough ❤️ #savetheclubfitness


The Sun Reporter, Todd Feathers, left his contact information if you weren't able to make it and would like to share something about your experience at the Club and how its closure would impact you.

tfeathers@lowellsun.com

He also encouraged us to write letters to the editor. Those can be submitted at the link below:

http://www.lowellsun.com/writealetter

Thank you again for all your love and support!
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Hi everyone,

If you haven't seen the announcement on our Facebook page, the Lowell Sun will be at the gym tomorrow (5/18) at 6:30 pm.

They have been inundated by members who are angry about their club being forced to close. Thank you for all who care so much for trying to do what it takes to keep our community alive. Come down and tell the reporters how you are personally being affected by your club closing. The bigger the story, the better!
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Beautiful people! Thank you so much for your support - your donations and words of encouragement mean so much. Thank you!! (We seriously can't say it enough).

Keep this love going! Share this page - share our story! Together we can save this Club and community!

Much love,

Serina, Anna, Karen, Tina, and all the members of the Club
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Lissy Dela Cruz
9 months ago
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I REALLY HOPE THAT SOMEONE WITH LOTS OF MONEY READS THIS STORY AND HELP IN SAVING OUR CLUB. ITS SAD THAT A MAN THAT HAS PUT A WOMEN THROUGH SO MUCH PAIN AND SUFFERING CONTINUES TO KNOCK HER DOWN. THERE HAS TO BE A POINT WHERE HE CAN GET AWAY WITH IT ANYMORE. PLEASE READ STORY AND HELP AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.

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Raised by 91 people in 9 months
Created May 10, 2017
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Stephanie Baron
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XOXO

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Mike Stuer
9 months ago
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Thanks for everything... hope that we will keep this community going in some way !

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Mike Durkin
9 months ago
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I can't believe this. I am probably one of the longest members. I have a 3 digit membership number. I started coming here when it was the New You Fitness Center (around the mid nineties). Hope you can keep it going. Always loved coming here. Like a second home. Good Luck. Mike

Lissy Dela Cruz
9 months ago
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I REALLY HOPE THAT SOMEONE WITH LOTS OF MONEY READS THIS STORY AND HELP IN SAVING OUR CLUB. ITS SAD THAT A MAN THAT HAS PUT A WOMEN THROUGH SO MUCH PAIN AND SUFFERING CONTINUES TO KNOCK HER DOWN. THERE HAS TO BE A POINT WHERE HE CAN GET AWAY WITH IT ANYMORE. PLEASE READ STORY AND HELP AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.

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