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12/2/10: Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and Thoreau Club “3G—A Family Adventure” program a success

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and the Thoreau Club recently teamed together to create a new program called “3G—a Family Adventure.”  The program was named “3G” to stand for its three primary purposes:  Get your family moving; Give to Emerson Hospital cancer care, and feel Great. 

The program was aimed at helping people in the community improve their overall fitness while also contributing to a cause.  It also allowed both club members and non-members to participate in family-friendly programs, including small group fitness sessions, family learn-to-play tennis jamborees, kids’ fitness programs, spa samplers, water baby infant safety classes, family meal planning sessions, and more.

The program was jointly sponsored by the two Concord-based organizations, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Bethke Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital.  This year the program raised $7,000.  It also helped participants to reinvigorate their daily habits around wellness. “It was a nice introduction to new types of fitness to try, and everyone in my family became motivated to participate,” said Erica Rydzewski, a Thoreau Club member. “I tried personal training and Pilates Reformer, my husband did cardio-tennis training, and the children tried things like the junior boot camp and kids’ yoga.  These are activities we loved and might not have tried had it not been for this program.”
The program culminated in a celebration at which a check for the $7,000 proceeds was presented to Anne Lehmann, president of the Auxiliary, and Margaret Koch, manager of cancer services at Bethke Cancer Center. 

For more information about the Thoreau Club, contact Laura Klein, 978-831-1212, or laura@thoreau.com.  To learn more about joining the Auxiliary, contact Karen McCarthy at 978-371-2133.

Pictured left to right is Margaret Koch, manager of cancer services, Bethke Cancer Center, Emerson Hospital; Faith Pulis, president and CEO, The Thoreau Club; and Anne Lehmann, president of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary.