April 3rd | Autism Speaks
I am very excited to introduce LIFT Gives to the Willow Glen community. Every month, an instructor and/or staff member selects a charity that is close to their heart. Students will have the opportunity to attend a donation-only bike and barre class where 100% of the proceeds are donated to the selected charity.
Our first LIFT Gives takes place on April 3rd at 12:00pm and features Emma on the BIKE and Deb at the BARRE. Our charity this month is Autism Speaks, a charity near and dear to both Emma and Deb. As a current Associate Director for Special Education, Emma’s mission is to help close the achievement gap for her students with Autism (and all disabilities). As a former teacher, Emma is passionate about disability awareness and with Autism affecting 1 in 68 children (a 100% increase in the last decade), research and awareness are essentials for early intervention. Deb, was previously a special education teacher and taught children with autism which, at that time, was an area society didn’t know much about. Deb’s job was to help her students function in everyday life which meant not trying to make them fit into a mold, but make those around them aware and comfortable with them being different. Join LIFT, Emma, Deb and our entire team in raising money to help such a wonderful organization as Autism Speaks. One inch and pedal stroke at time!
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.
Join LIFT Gives
Would you like to recommend a local charity to add to our LIFT Gives program? Would you like to help support one of our LIFT Gives monthly charity programs beyond just attending the class? We would LOVE your support and appreciate your ideas. Please email us at email@example.com and let us know how you would like to get involved.
Together…we reach, we inspire – and LIFT!