How, and why, did you become part of the Vermont Wish Project? I became a part of the Vermont Wish Project because I am passionate about charitable acts and giving back to my community. As a recent college graduate with student loans, I am unable to donate my own personal funds, but being a part of the Vermont Wish Project makes me feel like I'm making a difference in my community without that financial commitment. I work with a team of young professionals that feel the same way I do and I hope to encourage other recent graduates to get involved however they can.
What is your connection to Make-A-Wish Vermont? I hadn’t been directly connected to Make-A-Wish Vermont, however at the time I got involved with VWP, I knew several Board and VWP members that encouraged my involvement.
How did you come up with the idea for the Body Resolution fundraiser? As personal trainers, group fitness instructors and nutrition professionals we're often the ones assigning the number of reps. With the roles reversed, our clients were able to retaliate in a fun way that helped us all give back to our community. Nearly all coworkers and clients were willing to contribute and help make this event as successful as it was. This event took a lot of work and our success would not have been possible if I didn't have the commitment and support of the Body Resolution staff and clients.
What was the most challenging part of the fundraiser? The most difficult part of the fundraiser.... certainly, the repetitions we completed! Our fundraising goal was $10,000, but we ended up raising $13,356 which, at $5 for each repetition, equated to nearly 105 burpees, 105 squats and 105 push-ups per person. In a room full of fitness professionals, things got a little competitive. Despite the challenge, this was also the most fun. Our team rallied together not only to exceed our fundraising goal but to complete the reps. The camaraderie and team bonding was inspiring.
What was the overall reaction of those that took part? After fundraising for five weeks, we all came together for one night to complete our accumulated burpees, pushups and squats. We had the support of several local businesses including, Select Design who made the event t-shirts and tank tops for participants, The Growler Garage who supplied beer and wine for the after-party, Junior’s Downtown who provided the pizza fuel, and Jason Allen of Green Mountain Beats who DJ'd the event and kept us all moving with his music! Everyone had an amazing time, participants and spectators!
Vermont Wish Project is a volunteer team for Make-A-Wish Vermont. Our charter is to raise awareness about MAWVT and its mission within the young professional demographic. The mission of MAWVT is to grant wishes to children with life threatening illnesses to enhance the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Vermont Wish Project hosts various events to help spread this mission among young people in Vermont. These include most recently a Benefit Bake at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, Community Night at Bluebird Barbecue, Miles for a Mission teams in the Vermont City Marathon, a night at Growler Garage, and new this year a Calcutta Fundraiser at 14th Star Brewing Co. and Olivia’s wonderfully successful Body Resolution Grants A Wish event. Together we can make wishes come true!