Spinathon in Dobbs Ferry 1/23/10

On January 23, 2010, the New York Sports Clubs again partnered with the Tower of Hope to hold a 'Spinning for Soldiers' fundraiser, our fourth joint venture to provide wounded veterans with the many benefits of an expertly trained service dog.  It costs in excess of $25,000 per dog, and takes nearly 2 years for them to be adequately trained.  This event raised over $13,000! in just 6 hours.   In addition, platinum sponsor  Shoprite not only provided all the refreshments for the spinners and spectators, but presented TTOH Founder Cathy Carilli with a check for $10,000, money raised during a cashier checkout campaign that named the Tower of Hope as it's sole recipient.  On hand to help promote the event, was Veteran Joyce Van Horn, and her Service Dog Brigham, sponsored by the Tower of Hope in 2007!

  1. Lauren and Mary
    One of our sponsored teams, Joyce and Brigham
  2. PCOM registration
    Leslie ready to lead the 8 am class
  3. Getting started
    8 am class ready to spin
  4. Several participants
    Stretching to limber up for the 8 am spin

  5. After the spin, proudly displaying T-shirts with Brigham
  6. Photo break
    Leslie doing a '2nd tour of duty' leading the 9 am class
  7. banner
    9 am class ready to spin for soldiers
  8. Lauren and Mary with Banner
    9 am class hard at work
  9. Lauren and Mary
    . . . and joined by Brigham to show off their shirts
  10. PCOM registration
    10 am class getting ready to spin
  11. Getting started
    Instructor Sue getting the 10 am class ready
  12. Several participants
    The 10 am class underway for their spin

  13. Lillian (rt) of Shoprite arranged donated refreshments
  14. Photo break
    Shoprite mgr. Bob presents Cathy with $10,000 raised!
  15. banner
    11 am class show their T-shirts with Brigham
  16. Lauren and Mary with Banner
    . . . and the 12 pm class did the same
  17. banner
    Bob, Cathy, with Darryl (NYSC) who made it all happen
  18. Lauren and Mary with Banner
    and all to help fund more Brighams for our wounded heroes

We would sincerely like to thank the following companies and individuals who helped sponsor the event: by donating goods and services to assure our success:

Platinum:  Shoprite (once again, our newest partners!)
Silver:        Hastings Self Storage
Bronze:      Lana Wechsler
               Andrus Children's Center

Spinner John Gallo had by far the most sponsor dollars raised in ANY TTOH spinathon to date, having had $1800  raised for this event
Chris Price did a first ever TTOH 'Lifting for Soldiers' and raised $700 by lifting 25,000 pounds (no, not in one lift!) at the event.
Congratulations to them for their remarkable accomplishments!