Many people got an early start Sunday, sweating it out as part of a fitness fund-raiser held Sunday at Joy Studios (located inside Legacy 925 in Oxford) to benefit the Northville-based nonprofit KIDSgala.
KIDSgala throws “celebration of life” parties for children who are facing a life-altering event—which could include suffering an illness, loss of a parent or displacement from their home due to a fire or other emergency.
The foundation was started in 2013 to honor late Oxford resident Nicole Marie Burton, who passed away the same year at age 9 after a courageous battle against Leukemia.
Around 45 people attended, raising approximately $1,300 during the two-hour event, according to Joy Studios owner and event organizer Tiffany Turner.
“It’s a great cause. We wanted to use our love of exercise to raise money for KIDSgala because it will help kids now and in the future. It gives a lot back to our very close-knit community and the people you spend your days with and it allowed us to share our love of exercise,” said Turner, who’s an Oxford resident.
Those attending were treated to 25 minutes of the business’ most popular workout classes—which include yoga and cycling.
According to KIDSgala Board of Director Kimberly Britt, the organization has hosted 34 parties for local children since it first began.
“It’s absolutely priceless. Without the generosity of those who put on these fundraising events and who donate to our organization, it wouldn’t be possible to celebrate these children and gift them these parties,” Britt said.
To learn more about the foundation or to donate, visit kidsgala.org.