New Year’s isn’t just about champagne toasts, countdown clocks and friends; it’s also a time to reflect on what you have been grateful for throughout the year, your hopes and dreams for the year to come and what you can do to help those less fortunate. During 2017, we partnered with a variety of philanthropic organizations, each with its own worthy cause, inspiring story, and uplifting message. Keep reading to learn about the different charities we worked with this year and what you can do to help give someone else something big to be grateful for.
We celebrated Pride Month this year with the creation of our rainbow Live FHIT tank. Not only was this shirt a must for warm weekends at the beach, it was also our way of raising money for the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ equality.
After a devastating hurricane season, we were eager to give back and support Houston, where many of our loyal FHIXers call home. As a team, we donated to Music for Relief, an organization founded by Linkin Park in order to provide relief from natural disasters around the world. This charity partnered up with Team Rubicon USA in Houston, and donated 100 percent of their proceeds to search and rescue efforts.
For the third year in a row, we traded our assault bikes for spin bikes and peddled our hearts out during this special fundraiser. We raised over $27,000 dollars, all of which went to funding rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Our FHIX Like a Girl Tanks were more than just a cute play on words; they were a means to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation during October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 20 percent of the proceeds from each tank top sale went directly to funding cutting edge breast cancer research.
With many members of our FHITfam hailing from Puerto Rico, supporting the island after a devastating hurricane season was near and dear to our hearts. Daury, Dennys, and Carlos triple-taught two beneFHIT classes to raise money for the New York Foundling, a child welfare agency that has been instrumental in rebuilding Puerto Rico post-storm.
Former FHITpro Emily Cook Harris produces an annual FITWeek that unites the local fitness community in order to raise money for education. This year, these funds went to She’s The First, a nonprofit that sponsors girls education in low income countries. We hosted a Saturday morning class at Flatiron as part of this week-long event and were thrilled to have a chance to catch up with a much-missed member of our FHITfam.
One of our most loyal FHIXers, Amy Knepper founded TEAM ANDI after her daughter spent weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her organization raises funds to develop private family suites in the hospital, so that new parents can spend as much time as possible with their babies before they are cleared to take them home.
Motivated by her own struggle to obtain health insurance coverage while recovering from an eating disorder, Sammi Farber decided to raise money to aide other patients who are unable to afford the cost of treatment. Sammi is a frequent FHIXer and beloved member of our community and we are so excited to support her advocacy work.
Bummed you missed out on purchasing a FHIX like a Girl Tank or attending one of our Puerto Rico beneFHIT classes? It’s not too late to donate to any of these organizations and make an impact of your own before the ball drops in Times Square at midnight.