Excel Fitness, an award winning gym and personal training studio in West Hartford, CT  held their 4th Annual Wine Tasting and Open House to kick off fundraising for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Thursday Oct. 16th!

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The event was a huge success! Dozens of local businesses donated over $1500 in prizes for the silent auction. Wine Cellars on rt. 4 in Farmington donated wine, beer, liquor, and the time of multiple distributors. Snacks were provided by Butterfly Restaurant and Rooby Dooby Cakes, both businesses owned by Excel Fitness members. Massage therapists Kerrie March and John Meza kept guests even more relaxed with luxurious chair and table massages. The evening also spotlighted a phenomenal guest speaker presentation series. Julie Ackerman, Karen Austin, and Erica Bartol, all breast cancer survivors shared their experiences living with the disease as well as the benefits of physical fitness from initial diagnosis, throughout treatment, and while in remission. Eric Kopp, director of clinical education at ProEx Physical Therapy in Farmington also spoke regarding the benefits of stretching and strengthening muscles in preparation for as well as following surgery.

All in all, Team Excel Fitness raised well over $1,500 for breast cancer research! We would like to humbly applaud the dedication of our members, local business supporters, staff and others in the community that came oJulie and Ilicia 2014ut for the fundraiser. As always it was a fun night, we look forward to the opportunity to make it even bigger and better next year!

Miss the wine tasting but still want to contribute to a great cause? There is still plenty of time to donate to Team Excel Fitness’ fundraising efforts for Making Strides against Breast Cancer! Please visit:

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