The Fall River Fitness Challenge held its 2010 Finale at the Eagle Restaurant on May 7th, celebrating the conclusion of the four-month series that began on January 9th. Over a hundred participants and their supporters listened as Community Development Recreation (CD-REC) Program Director Jamison Souza emceed the gala event that ended with the award of prizes for the winning participants as well as raffle prize drawings. Representatives of the Children in Balance program, the Diabetes Association, Inc. (DAI), the WIC program, and the Fall River YMCA were on hand to applaud the winners and to listen to remarks from Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan and School Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown. A highlight of the program was the presentation of special recognition awards by Personal Fitness Instructor Amy Jones to many of the participants who worked-out with her over the course of the Challenge. Other recognition awards were presented to CD-REC Executive Director Grace Gerling and to Children In Balance project manager Marcia Picard. Click here to read the Herald News article about the event. Click here to see the video of the first half of the event and here to see video of the last half of the finale. For more information, contact CD-REC Executive Director Grace Gerling at 508-679-0922.


(Row one) Fitness Challenge participants and their supporters enjoy a light dinner before sitting back to watch two videos featuring photos from the previous four months. (Row two) School Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown accepts a gift of fitness equipment for each of the City's schools before Mayor Will Flanagan speaks about the importance of fitness. (Row three) Personal Fitness Instructor Amy Jones congratulates some of the people she worked with before Grace Gerling presents awards to winning teams with IMCA coming in third and and Sunny Pickles coming second. (Fourth Row) Grace Gerling presents awards and prizes to first-place TIB Team members Kim and Wedson Tiburtino, a special award to Amy Jones, and a third-place individual award to Rachel Boone. (Bottom row) Grace and Jamison present a second-place individual award to Elizabeth Vieira and first place award to Cliff Read before revealing the Challenge weight loss total of 5,821 pounds.

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