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Twin Arbors Athletic Club, nonprofit raise funds for Lodi schools

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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:00 am

Twin Arbors Athletic Club is spearheading a fundraising campaign with the help of Giving Opportunities to Kids — or GOT Kids — aimed at bringing new computers into classrooms.

The athletic club, with three locations in Lodi, is donating the first month’s dues of each new membership sold between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31 to the nonprofit organization. GOT Kids, Lodi Unified School District’s community foundation, is currently seeking grants to match the club’s donations.

As of last weekend, more than $12,000 had been raised for Lodi Unified, according to Twin Arbors spokesperson Gavin Russo. He added that the first month’s dues of each annual renewal between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31 has also been donated. He said the campaign hopes to raise more than $15,000 by the end of the month.

“GOT Kids was looking for a local business such as ours to help them with their cause,” Russo said. “And I think some of their board members are members at our clubs, so it just seemed like a natural connection that has worked out well.”

To help with the fundraising effort, Twin Arbors and GOT Kids will be hosting Lodi Fun Fest on Saturday at all three club locations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free, and will feature several different activities at each location:

  • Twin Arbors’ Racquet Club at 1900 Hutchins St. will feature wild animal exhibits from Micke Grove Zoo, a water polo exhibition, and racquetball and karate demonstrations. There will also be a racquetball skills contest for kids.
  • Barbecue and wine tasting will also be available, and music will be provided by Party King DJ.
  • The tennis club at 2040 Cochran Road will also feature wildlife exhibits from Micke Grove Zoo, as well as water safety awareness training with the Lodi Swim Club. There will also be a tennis demonstration with a skills contest for kids, and a skydiving exhibition.
  • Miller’s Hot Dogs will provide food and Juice it Up will offer smoothies, while the Tokay High School Marching Band will provide music. There will also be a bounce house for kids.
  • Fitness Works at 429 W. Lockeford St. will have a “Group Exercise Extravaganza,” with group exercise classes offered every half-hour. Healthy snacks will be available for visitors as well.

Russo said the Fun Fest is the final push to raise both awareness and funds for Lodi schools.

Lodi Unified Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer said the district is both excited and grateful that Twin Arbors and GOT Kids have come together to benefit schools.

“Due to the high cost of computers, tablets and other devices, many schools struggle to expand their inventory,” she said. “As a result, students do not have access to the technological resources that can get them interested in learning and increase achievement. Twin Arbors is improving the educational program by putting technology in the hands of children.”

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