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Spin and Children will Win with the Stoughton YMCA’s Ride for Strong Kids Event

The Stoughton YMCA is holding a spin-a-thon on Saturday, March 24 to help support the branch’s annual campaign, which provides financial assistance for children and families in the community.

The following is a release from the Old Colony YMCA:

Old Colony YMCA is asking you to “Ride with us to strengthen your communities!”

The Stoughton branch will hold its "" Spin-a-thon, sponsored by CBIZ Tofias, on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Money raised from this event will support the branch’s annual campaign, providing financial assistance for community kids and families who without this support, would not be able to participate in YMCA membership, programs, camp and afterschool activities.

With 12 hours to choose from and a variety of instructors and entertainment, there is something for everyone! You don’t need to be a regular indoor cyclist to participate in this event, you just need a personal reason and the desire to make a difference!

The event runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in one hour time intervals. People may register and pay on the day of the event, but it is best to register early to ensure there is a spot available.

“Working alongside the committee of volunteers that makes this event happen, is truly inspiring,” said Serah Selmon, Associate Executive Director of the Stoughton YMCA.

Everyone has a powerful story motivating them to give so much of themselves to help this cause. Mark Leppo, the Spin-a-thon chairperson, put everything he had into last year’s event when in it’s first year, the spin-a-thon raised over $17,000 and all while Mark fought a rare from of Cancer when it returned just before last year’s event.

This year, having fought and won a second time, Mark understands personally that members of our community never expect to struggle or undergo hardship, but when it happens, it is a good thing residents of Stoughton and our surrounding communities can count on the Y!

“We count on the generosity of our members and community to help people of all ages and from all walks of life to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure. It’s important for people to know that when you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood,” Selmon said.

So how do you get involved? Participants are asked to raise $100 for each hour they choose to ride. Some ride for an hour and choose to ask 20 friends for $5, and some donate personally.

The Y provides resources such as a pledge form and request letter (see attachments in media gallery).

There are many other exciting things happening at the Y on March 24 as well - for example, there will be a raffle for a Celtics Basketball signed by Brandon Bass, a Bruins Hockey Puck signed by Daniel Paille, and $500 to California Closets. Riders will also get a T-shirt on the day of the event, listing the generous business sponsors. You can register at the Y or contact Serah Selmon with questions or for on-line registration information. Selmon can be reached at 781-341-2016 extension 230 or via email at sselmon@oldcolonyymca.org.

The Stoughton YMCA invites you to participate, sponsor, observe and learn more, and to commit to making a difference.They hope to see you there!

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