Fit 4 The Cause Hosts “Miracle of Movement” Dinner Gala on September 19th

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 01:19PM

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FIT 4 THE CAUSE™, a non-profit designed to combine social media-fueled exercise events with wellness education and philanthropic giving, recently leaped into gala mode, attracting impressive sponsorship support for its first creative black tie soiree. The “Miracle of Movement” Dinner Gala is planned for Saturday, September 19th at the Sheraton Agoura Hills.

Champion Sponsors Edison International and Humana Foundation (in conjunction with Brian Sullivan) catapulted interest in this new 501(c)3’s first grand event, attracting the support of other businesses including SingerLewak; Friedman & Bartoumian; Ray Mallel Foundation; PDC Asset Management; Kahn Roven; YP; Morton Capital Management; Blau Law Group and Greenberg & Bass. An impressive roster of in-kind sponsors including Herzog Wine Cellars; Brent’s; Enhanced Landscape Management; Bogies; Aramark and Conejo Valley Guide add significant value to this inaugural event. The organization’s Founder and Chair, Cindy Rakowitz (ACE certified) confirms robust sponsorship interest and is very pleased with the momentum.

The goal is to sell-out the room through business community support and sponsorships although individual tickets are available for purchase. “50% of the event is sold and we have a full quarter to sell the remaining 16 tables,” said Rakowitz.

Reinforcing the organization’s mission to support health needs through fitness motivation and wellness education, this Miracle of Movement Gala pays tribute to the obstacle smashers who break down barriers everyday.

Lisa Aaronson-Roub, a 40-year-old fitness enthusiast, wife and mother of two, learned she had breast cancer in April 2014. In response to this devastating news, the immediate outpouring of calls, texts and emails empowered Lisa to educate the public about her journey. In retrospect, it is clear that the digital age may have played a healing role during her convalescence. Frequently feeling defeated by chemo’s poison, she was driven to connect with her loving community of family and friends. A passionate dancer, she could not wait to get back to the gym.

Sourena Vasseghi is an award-winning author and inspirational speaker whose stirring effect on people has attracted a rapidly growing national audience. Suffering from severe cerebral palsy, he has limited motor skills and a significant speech impediment. These limitations however, do not preclude him from living a fully successful life from his wheelchair—and being an inspiration to all. Known as “The Duo”, gym owner and fitness guru Chris Stevenson (Stevenson Fitness) translates for Sourena, delivering a motivational message for the masses.

Ballet for all Kids, another local 501c3, is the only studio in the country, perhaps the world, that offers classical ballet training to all children regardless of their abilities or disabilities. Founded by Bonnie Jean Schlachte, these children will perform at the Gala. BFAK will receive partial proceeds from the gala’s fundraising drive.

Award winning Talk Show Host and Sports Anchor Tomm Looney (JT The Brick Show with Tomm Looney on FOX Sports Radio) is an enthusiastic emcee who can’t wait to ring lead all the obstacle smashing. His live entertainment will feature late night television styled interviews with XLV Super Bowl Champ, Brady Poppinga and other surprise personalities.

Fit 4 The Cause’s impact and velocity attracted an impressive board of directors and celebrity advisors—including Tomm Looney, actor and director Paul Michael Glaser and actress/stuntwoman Caryn Mower. The organization recently welcomed criminal defense attorney David S. Kestenbaum (Kestenbaum Law Group) and neurological specialist Dr. Lorne Label —immediate past chief of staff of the Los Robles Medical Center and Clinical Professor of Neurology at UCLA — to its Board of Directors.

Fit 4 The Cause™ raises money and awareness for local and national health needs by staging group exercise programs led by professional instructors. Participants and spectators are encouraged to donate to the designated cause. Since each event features unique themes, diverse exercise disciplines and a variety of health related causes, Fit 4 The Cause™ guarantees a unique educational experience complementing the traditional gym workout.

“We have created a formula where concentrated energy, music and community all blend together to raise money for the greater good,” Ms. Rakowitz said.

Sociologically, the times are ripe for ambitious fitness education. The recently adopted Affordable Care Act has created a “Wellness Revolution.” Americans now have to become more healthcare aware and take better care of themselves. Staying fit along with perpetual health education has become essential as we take charge of managing our bodies and our minds. The same innovation occurred in response to the Industrial Revolution and the Sexual Revolution. It is time to join the “movement.”

FIT 4 THE CAUSE™ produces diverse group exercise events empowering, educating and raising funds for health-related causes, qualified individuals and special populations. For more information, visit or check out our Facebook page and LIKE us to learn about upcoming events.


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