Jason and Melissa Culbreth, owners of Forged Fitness in Raleigh, have witnessed firsthand many of the challenges and successes that families with autism face on a daily basis. One of their employees has a child with autism, and the child is also a member at the gym. The Culbreths decided they wanted to help. “Supporting the Autism Society of North Carolina through our annual charitable fundraiser is our way of giving back to the community and showing solidarity with our staff and their families.”
On September 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Forged Fitness, Raleigh’s premier physical fitness and martial arts facility, will host its second annual fundraiser to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina. In addition to the signature workout, the event will include a silent auction, live music, and free food in the packed gym.
Last year, more than 120 participants came out for the event, which raised more than $7,500 to help families affected by autism in our state. Tracey Sheriff, CEO for the Autism Society of North Carolina, was one of the athletes who attended. “This event was rewarding for me on many levels,” Tracey said. “It combines my two passions: physical fitness and helping individuals and families affected by autism. This money goes right back into the community to improve lives of individuals and families affected by autism while also educating our communities about autism.”
This year, the Culbreths are aiming even higher: their goal is to raise $10,000. Omega Sports at North Hills shopping center in Raleigh is pitching in, too, by donating a portion of the proceeds from their sales on two nights; the remaining date is from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 25.
To register for the Forged Fitness fundraiser, go to www.forgedfitnessforautism.com or call (919) 877-7448. The event costs $25.
Forged Fitness, located at 2609 Discovery Drive in Raleigh, offers group fitness classes, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and judo. They also offer a full range of fitness programs for children. For more information, please visit www.forgednc.com.
For more information about the Autism Society of North Carolina, please visit www.autismsociety-nc.org.