The Anytime Fitness gym in Orillia has been open less than a year, but it has already had a lasting impact on the community. So much so that it was honoured as the “Community Outreach Club of the Year” at the Anytime Fitness annual conference in Florida on Sept. 28.
This award is given annually to the club that strengthens their community by living the Anytime Fitness brand DNA inside and outside the club.
“This club has been an integral part of the community since the day it opened,” said Dave Mortensen, president and co-founder of Anytime Fitness. “It works with local organizations to show the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, from healthy snacking to team work.”
Since owner Rosanna Catenaro opened the Anytime Fitness Orillia in October 2012, the club and its more than 1,000 members have immersed themselves in the community by reaching out to more than 20 charities, including the Terry Fox Run Orillia, Bras for a Cause and Crime Stoppers. Club members also donated more than 5,000 pounds of food to the local Sharing Place Food Bank and sponsored the Bowl for Kids Sake tournament.
“Community outreach is important because it helps strengthen the place our team and our members call home,” Catenaro said. “It’s a great way to share our culture with others outside of the club while improving self-esteem in many different ways, such as helping local families in need, helping people with special needs participate in sports, or educating children about nutrition and physical fitness.”
“One of the deciding factors for us in joining the gym was how active it is in the community,” posted one member on the club’s Facebook page. “Keep setting an amazing example and striving to better the town we call home.”
It’s those members who make all the difference. “They played a large role in helping us receiving this award by asking us to help support charities and organizations that they are involved in or by their generous monetary, food and time donations,” Catenaro said.
The award was presented to Rosanna Catenaro and her team at the company’s annual franchisee conference at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida. More than 1,600 club owners and corporate staffers attended the conference.
About Anytime Fitness Founded in 2002, Anytime Fitness is the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world, with more than 2,200 clubs serving nearly 2 million members on five continents. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness provides its members with convenient, affordable fitness options in friendly, well-maintained facilities with top-quality exercise equipment.
Anytime Fitness Orillia: 3275 Monarch Dr., Orillia