An inspirational playlist of songs about house and home – “My House,” “Going Home,” “One in a Lifetime,” “Brick House,” “Take Me Home” to name a few – provided the backdrop for Saturday’s SpinRaiser, sponsored by The Fitness Group (TFG) at Quail Ridge in Acton. Sue Barron, TFG’s top-notch instructor, led a group of 24 people on a high-energy, motivating and energizing 90-minute spinning routine. The group, which included everyone from beginners to experts, not only benefited from the workout, but also raised over $2,000 towards Household Goods’ mission of helping people make a home. Many participants also brought donations of sheets and towels, flatware, lamps, and other household items.
Says TFG’s Barron, “Household Goods provides a critical service in the community, and they are just down the street from us. We were thrilled we were able to take something we love doing and use it to help our neighbors.”
Sharon Martens, Household Goods Executive Director, added, “We’re so thankful to The Fitness Group for sponsoring this unique event. Not only did it raise always-needed funds, but it served to increase awareness about our organization. This is critical, as we rely on the local community to help us help 2,500 families make a home every year.”
One participant shared the story of why she took part. “Years ago, I was a single parent with limited resources. I was fortunate enough to be able to go ‘shopping’ in Barb and Ira’s garage [the precursor to today’s facility] to furnish my apartment.” Her life turned for the better, and ever since, she has supported Household Goods with donations of goods and funds and by helping to spread the word about its mission.
It wasn’t all hard work and sweat for the participants, though, as they enjoyed coffee and bakery treats donated by Concord Teacakes. Local businesses also donated some amazing raffle gifts. These included: Rapscallion Table & Tap, Kitchen Outfitters, The Happy Chocolatier, Pedal Power Bike & Ski, juju, Quail Ridge, Tricia Deck, and Doggy Ditty.