'Workout' to Benefit Families of Afghan Crash Victims
The East Coast Crossfit fitness center at 1650 U.S. 1 in Southern Pines is hosting a workout fundraiser Saturday for the families of the 31 military heroes who gave their lives in Afghanistan on Aug. 6.
It was the single-largest loss of American lives in the Afghanistan war.
The event will begin at 9 p.m. and continue until noon or later.
This event will be part of the day's gatherings at Crossfit Gyms nationwide.
In addition to morning coffee for everyone, Talbert's Barbecue f Southern Pines is contributing food, and soft drinks will be served. Admission and food are free. Children are welcome and fun games will be available for them.
Jason Weiss, East Coast Crossfit's general manager and physical trainer, knows something about military life, especially combat. He is an 11-year active duty Air Force sergeant and medic who has served in Afghanistan and in the Middle East.
'This is a difficult time for those of us in the military as well as our veterans and the entire nation," Weiss said. "While we mourn the loss of all of our military heroes, this day will be a celebration of their lives and an opportunity for all to actively contribute to the memories of these 31 brave men. We encourage all to come out and stand with us."
Many of East Coast Crossfit's members are the elite of the military's combat-ready personnel who train there with organized classes and individualized training regimens, a news release said.
Donations to help the families and to commemorate the lives of their loved ones can be made at http://31heroes.com or at the Southern Pines East Coast Crossfit anytime. All funds donated will go to the Navy SEAL Foundation for the benefit of the families. Registrations for the event can be made online.
Registrants over 12 years of age making a commemorative donation of $31 will receive a complimentary three-day pass for the gym's facilities, admission to the fitness classes and a commemorative T-shirt honoring the occasion.
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