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Park Street Complex 'Make It Fit' Fundraiser Wields 'Olympian' Guns For Charity

Park Street Complex 'Make It Fit' Fundraiser Wields 'Olympian' Guns For Charity

How great it was — during the Arnold Sports Festival, hanging out with not one, but two Mr. Olympia champions!

And they were not just champions but four time winners – both of them!  The Make It Fit Foundation pulled out the “big guns” for their 3rd Annual Phil Heath Fundraiser at the Park Street Complex — Park Street Saloon and Social Room during the Arnold Sports Festival Friday, March 6.

Mr. Olympia winners Phil “The Gift” Heath and Jay Cutler were present and supportive of the cause. There is no doubt these men are big in stature but more importantly, huge in heart, giving their time to raise money and awareness for the Make It Fit Foundation.

The Social Room was thumping to the sounds of DJ’d music packed with hot fit people having fun — talking, enjoying food and drinks with some sitting at tables reserved by meaningful donations. Next door at the Park Street Saloon, an online auction took place for a variety of fitness items while The Photobomber photobooth captured images of Phil and Jay with attendees for a donation.

Around 11 p.m. that night, an hour training session with Phil Heath was auctioned off to the highest bidder, won by Angela Kegler for a $600 donation — afterward the band Swagg played and people danced to cover music.

Make It Fit is dedicated to improving lives affected by autism. They develop and maintain a community of caring, unified and knowledgeable people dedicated to raising money for autism research, treatment, advocacy, education and family services.

The Foundation was founded by Mike Hoover, the father of two boys afflicted by autism. Twelve years ago he made a promise to his son, Adam. Watching helplessly as his precious little boy retreated into the depths of autism, Mike vowed to do whatever it took to get him “out”.

100 percent of funds raised have helped send kids with autism to surf camp, provided equine therapy, ensured that families in need had Christmas presents and provided iPads to over 100 non-verbal children.

The Foundation supports research at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital while also giving families affected by autism an opportunity to spend a day at The Columbus Zoo.

This party was dominated by fitness – fit people, fitness sponsors and Mr. Olympians.

The perfect combination for the Arnold Sports Festival weekend.

Continue your legacy of support: Bring friends and join the fun for The Make It Fit Foundation’s next event: “Outrun Autism 5k”. Registration ends April 25.


Tony Bentivegna

Tony Bentivegna writes reviews, articles and photographs for NID Magazine and can be reached at strongfin@gmail.com