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(Wichita, KS, Nov 22, 2022) – Genesis Health Clubs, the largest, and fastest-growing private health club provider in the USA paused to celebrate and give back to the community, raising over $300,000 on Friday, an all-time record for the organization. Three hundred and twenty people, also a record, attended the sold-out event, raising funds through event admission, a silent auction, and a spirited live auction.
Genesis Health Clubs Owner and President Rodney Steven II shared the significance. “We’ve been doing this event for years, but this year it really came alive. Every table was sold out, the auction items were amazing, and everyone came together to help local kids. That generosity will help us buy shoes and beds for thousands of kids. I’m so thankful for everyone who helped, especially DeAnn White, who has really grown this to a whole new level. We’re going to need more room next year!”
GFFT Director DeAnn White, in her 3rd year as GFFT Director has spearheaded the signature Kicks for Kids and Beds for Kids initiatives, as well as the effort to grow the event. She also assembled an extensive collection of auction items, aided by Brandon Steven, the largest automotive entrepreneur in Kansas and Rodney’s brother. These included Super Bowl tickets, VIP courtside seats to an LA Lakers game with signed shoes donated by Russell Westbrook, and a Kevin Hart VIP Meet & Greet with backstage passes. Many auction items exceeded $10,000 in donations, setting even more records for the event.
White expressed gratitude for everyone who helped and contributed. “There are a lot of wonderful people out there and they really came through for the kids. Everyone who helped, donated, bid in the auction, or attended the event did something that will help the most vulnerable kids out there. It was tremendous; I’m thankful and humbled.”
The Genesis Foundation for Fitness and Tennis was founded in 2006 by Rodney Steven II, the owner of Genesis Health Clubs in Wichita, KS. Since its inception, GFFT has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to area youth and organizations. These grants can be used to pay for equipment, entry fees, club fees, and travel expenses. GFFT’s mission is to provide underprivileged youth with education and recreation opportunities that lead the way for a life-long commitment to physical fitness, thus improving health and wellness.
About Genesis Health Clubs
Genesis Health Clubs is the largest, and fastest-growing private health club provider in the United States, with 59 clubs in 7 states and hundreds of thousands of members in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Iowa, and Florida.
Through exercise and making health-conscious choices, Genesis believes that is where a strong immune system and prevention of lifestyle-related risk factors begin. We understand that no two individuals share the same fitness journey, which is why we offer a wide range of options. With premium amenities, various classes, world-class training, and some locations offering tennis and swimming, our members will find enjoyment and results on their path to living a healthy balanced life.