Fund-raiser for Boys & Girls Club takes another ‘spin’

Spinners are not just working out to get some exercise. They’re also the key part of the Boys & Girls Club’s Power4Power fund-raiser. -Photo courtesy of Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich

Spinners are not just working out to get some exercise. They’re also the key part of the Boys & Girls Club’s Power4Power fund-raiser. -Photo courtesy of Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich

There’s one final push on tap for the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich’s effort to purchase a generator through its Power4Power fund-raiser.

As the club puts it well, the truth is it’s difficult to find a child who enjoys being in the dark, especially during an unexpected power outage or other state of emergency. That’s why the club’s Power4Power committee, lead by volunteer Gretchen Bylow and club board Vice Chairman Michelle Binnie, accepted the challenge to keep kids out of the dark by hosting a series of spin classes to purchase a backup generator for Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.

This need was made especially clear by last year’s Superstorm Sandy where the club was not just depended on by its members, but the Greenwich community as a whole. A backup generator can power the telephone system and lighten dark hallways, turning a scary situation into a safe haven for club members and their families. And if the community is in need of a power boost, just as it was during the long aftermath of Sandy, having that generator means the club will be up and riding sooner to assist.

“The Power4Power message of energy to generate energy fits in nicely with the club’s focus on health and exercise, and we’re very lucky to have community partners like Equinox to help us pull off the event,” said Ms. Binnie.

In anticipation of the next storm, blackout or other emergency, the Power4Power committee has hosted a series of spin classes with hopes of raising $75,000. So far, the team comprised of 38 members, has raised $11,000, leaving a lot of ground still left to be covered. The last of the series will run this Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at Equinox on 16 Old Track Road. There are still bikes available and everyone from fitness buffs to Greenwich “do gooders” and supporters are invited to join in the fun for this “electric” cause. The final class will be lead by the popular Emma Swain.

“In order to cover the costs associated with the generator — parts, maintenance and labor — a special fund-raiser was necessary, so when the idea of spin classes came up, we thought it was a perfect way to start to generate donations,” said both Ms. Binnie and Ms. Bylow.

The cost to participate in this fund-raiser is $100 to reserve a bike. Space is limited and it will be given on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact Kathy Seiden, development director, at [email protected]

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