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Forged Fitness Raises over $12,000 to Benefit NC Families Affected by Autism

Raleigh – Forged Fitness, Raleigh’s premier physical fitness and martial arts facility, raised more than $12,000 for the Autism Society of North Carolina at a fundraiser on Sept. 28.

More than 150 people contributed to the second annual event, and participants ages 10 to 66 enjoyed the signature workout. The fundraiser, which also included a silent auction, live music, and refreshments, will help fund services for families affected by autism across the state.

Jason and Melissa Culbreth, owners of Forged Fitness, have witnessed firsthand many of the challenges and successes that families with autism face every day. One of their employees has a child with autism, and the child is also a member at the gym. “Supporting the Autism Society of North Carolina through our annual charitable fundraiser is our way of giving back to the community and showing solidarity with our staff and their families.”

Tracey Sheriff, CEO for the Autism Society of North Carolina, said the annual Forged Fitness event is rewarding on many levels. “It combines my two passions: physical fitness and helping individuals and families affected by autism.” Sheriff said. “This money goes right back into the community to improve their lives while also educating our communities about autism.”

The fundraiser included a partnership with Omega Sports, which donated some of the proceeds from two nights of sales.

Forged Fitness, located at 2609 Discovery Drive in Raleigh, offers group fitness classes, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and judo. The facility also offer a full range of fitness programs for children. For more information, please visit

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 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 ASD.
  • 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 North Carolina. ASNC works to directly improve the lives of individuals affected by autism, by providing advocacy, education, and services.
  • Additional information is available by calling 1-800-442-2762 or by visiting