CrossFit Lewes will host its Share the Pain fundraising event March 15 to raise money for People's Place's SAFE program for domestic violence victims, while also encouraging fitness lovers to engage in some friendly competition.
WHAT IT IS
Share the Pain is a fundraising event featuring a workout competition among CrossFit Lewes members and partners, which started in 2013.
“The whole concept of Share the Pain is we’re working hard with a teammate in a hard work out and helping share the pain of people who need help,” said event organizer Craig Klasic.
Proceeds from the event benefit People’s Place Shelter Advocacy Freedom & Empowerment (SAFE) program, which provides a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, domestic violence shelters in Kent and Sussex counties and domestic violence liaisons.
“Domestic abuse is an issue that is very prevalent in our area and nationwide. One out of four women has experienced domestic abuse,” said Marcey Rezac, CrossFit Lewes member and Program Director for SAFE. “We work to help survivors get back on their feet, out of our shelters and back into a home of their own.”
“We are thrilled CrossFit Lewes chose us to be the beneficiary for Share the Pain. The money raised will help us fill a void from our [recently] lost grant and will go a long way to helping survivors of domestic abuse right here in our area," Rezac said.
Participation is open to members of CrossFit Lewes, who then recruit a friend or family member as a teammate and compete against other teams for prizes. Each team creates a donation page through cflstp.com to solicit donations. Klasic said there are about 100 participants for this year’s event.
Teams are judged based on work out performance, number of repetitions, time and donations raised. So far, $14,200 has been raised by qualifying teams, which doesn’t include donations from a dozen corporate sponsors including ig Burton, Schell Brothers, Dogfish Head Brewery and more.
HOW DID IT COME ABOUT?
Klasic said the idea for the event blossomed last year, as a group of members decided they wanted to introduce their CrossFit passion to friends and family while also making a difference in their communities.
“The people that do CrossFit, they’re very passionate about the way we get fit and healthy,” Klasic explained. “As the event organizer, as I was thinking about it, I have a passion for fundraising and philanthropy and thought this could be a good way to reach out to the community and do something good for the community.”
Klasic said he expects this year’s event to break the $20,000 mark, even though the event’s goal was set at $15,000, a $5,000 increase from last year’s fundraising efforts. While a portion of the proceeds will cover the costs of hosting the event, the money that is donated through the event website goes directly to People’s Place’s SAFE program.
The money will benefit survivors of domestic abuse who are ready to move out of a shelter and will help them get on their feet with first month’s rent and other expenses, Klasic said.
While Klasic said the organization is still new to this fundraising effort, he hopes that next year they can expand the event outside of CrossFit Lewes, possibly moving into a larger venue and soliciting participation from other local fitness clubs.
“We’re still getting our feet wet. We don’t want to expand too quickly, but we do know this is something good and we want to keep it going,” he said.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
While this year’s Share the Pain event is mostly internal to CrossFit Lewes, Klasic said spectators are encouraged to join in the fun and donate to the cause.
Klasic said donations are accepted at the door, and there will be individual competitions in addition to the main event, as well as chances to win gift cards and simply cheer on participants.
“It’s just a fun environment. The people that are doing it are really going all out,” he said. “It’s exciting to see people trying their hardest to do something that’s healthy and also in support of a great organization like People’s Place.”