Words cannot describe what I felt when I woke up this morning, but I am beyond thankful. To say the least, Saturday’s Gala was amazing. I am grateful to all who came out to be a part of it. We saw almost 300 members and friends for what was definitely our best party yet.
The Gala is an awesome party, but it’s also meant to represent something greater. This is a chance for our community to come together. The one night of the year when we can celebrate and appreciate all that we are part of. It’s an opportunity to let loose, have fun with friends, and meet new people. To finally have the opportunity to cherish being a part of what I believe is one of the greatest CrossFit communities in the world. Between the Back Bay and Fenway families, we are a community with more than 700 members. And as such a large group, we have the power to create enormous change in the world around us to affect those in need.
As I mentioned at the Gala, this will be the start of a new tradition for Back Bay and Fenway called “Give Back Week”. Starting with an annual Gala, Give Back Week will introduce the new charity we will be sponsoring. The week that follows will be an opportunity for the community to donate what they can to this charity. Give Back Week will culminate on the following Sunday with a “Give Back WOD” that will be programmed specifically for that charity.
This year, the Back Bay and Fenway family will be sponsoring the Scott Rigsby Foundation and its aid for Boston. Through the help and assistance of Amy West from CrossFit Fenway, we will raise money to benefit those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing as well as Spaulding’s Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit where victims, and other amputee, burn, and trauma patients receive their care.
The cost of replacing a prosthesis can be upwards of $50,000 and, unfortunately, they need to be replaced every 3-5 years. This is just one of the many expenses facing those who we can help. We are approaching the 3rd anniversary of the bombing and many of the victims need to start funding for new and and in some cases multiple prostheses. Other victims still require further surgeries and amputations. Many are still being treated for traumatic brain injuries and hearing loss from the blast. These victims and patients still need help and our community has the ability to supply it.
Starting tomorrow, we will provide directions to the donation page for the Scott Rigsby Foundation. If you can, please donate to this amazing organization. It doesn’t have to be much, just whatever you may be comfortable with.
Lastly, please note that this coming Sunday CrossFit Fenway will be hosting our first Give Back WOD. Come and join your fellow Back Bay and Fenway members starting at 10 AM. Scott Rigsby will be in attendance to share his powerful story at 12pm. If you are unable to make it to CrossFit Fenway, Reebok CrossFit Back Bay will also be hosting the workout on Sunday in all classes.