The New Carlisle Rotary Club and The Pink Ribbon Girls hosted a kick-off event to promote their new fundraiser, the Push-up Challenge. MATT CLEVENGER/COURTESY

Organizations give back to community with push-up challenge fundraiser

Two local organizations have partnered for a new fundraiser intended to support local families fighting cancer and to promote education.

Together, the Pink Ribbon Girls and New Carlisle Rotary Club will host a Push-up Challenge, which dares participants to complete 300 push-ups in just two hours.

Tim Juday, a member of the New Carlisle Rotary Club and owner of 571 Grille and Draft House said the inspiration for the event came from a push-up contest held between him and his coworkers.

“We thought we would benefit both organizations by creating this event,” he said.

Gretchen Eckstein, director of community engagement for Pink Ribbons Girls, said that the Rotary shares a similar mission to her own organization’s.

“They are both very locally driven,” Eckstein said. “Our focus is helping local residents.”

The organizations aim to raise $50,000 between the two of them, according to a press release. They will use the proceeds to support their respective causes, Juday said.

Participants will raise one dollar for every push-up they complete.

The Pink Ribbon Girls provides women in treatment for breast and gynecological cancers with healthy meals, rides to treatment, house cleaning, and peer support, according to the press release.

The Rotary will direct the funds to support education and early literacy through the New Carlisle Rotary Club Scholarship Fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, the press release says.

Funds will be raised through social media challenges and community sponsors, according to a press release.

In addition, participants are asked to collect donation pledges from other people, according to Tessa Stump, event coordinator.

Stump praised both organizations’ efforts. “I think it’s a really unique thing that the groups are trying to do,” she said.

Juday said that the fundraiser will allow him to give back to his community. “Anything that an organization does to give back to the community to make it better makes an impact.

Juday said that the objectives are to have fun, do something different, and raise money for the betterment of the community.

Participants may register for the event as an individual or as teams.

The event takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March. 2 at the Tecumseh Middle School Gym at 10000 W National Rd.

People can register for the event and pledge donations at www.pinkribbongirls.org or www.newcarlislerotary.com.

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