On September 22nd, Forged Fitness, Raleigh's premier physical fitness and martial arts facility, hosted a fundraiser benefitting the Autism Society of North Carolina. More than 120 participants joined in the event, which raised over $7,500 to fund services for families affected by autism in our state.
In addition to the signature workout at the fundraiser, Forged Fitness hosted a silent auction, live music, and free food in the packed gym. Tracey Sheriff, CEO for the Autism Society of North Carolina, was one of the athletes who participated.
"This event was rewarding for me on many levels," says Tracey. "It combines my two passions: physical fitness and helping individuals and families affected by autism. This money goes right back into the community to improve lives of individuals and families affected by autism while also educating our communities about autism."
Forged Fitness owners Jason and Melissa Culbreth have come to know more about autism as one of their employees is a parent of a child with autism, and the child is a member at the gym. "Over the past year, I have witnessed first-hand many of the challenges and successes that families with autism experience on a daily basis. Supporting the Autism Society of North Carolina through our annual charitable fundraiser was our way supporting an organization that impacts our families and changes lives in the community."
Forged Fitness is a Fitness and Martial Arts facility that offers group fitness classes, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Judo. They also have a full range of fitness programs for children. For more information, please visit www.forgednc.com.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Recent studies estimate that up to 1 of every 70 children born in North Carolina will be affected by autism.
For over forty years, the Autism Society of North Carolina has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in our state. ASNC is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, training and education, and services to directly improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism.
Additional information about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Autism Society of North Carolina is available by calling 1-800-442-2762 or visiting www.autismsociety-nc.org.