The Fall River Fitness Challenge held its 2011 Finale at the Eagle Performing Arts Center on May 20th, celebrating the conclusion of the four-month series that began on January 8th. Participants and their supporters listened as Massachusetts Promise Fellow Annemarie Sharkey emceed the gala event that ended with the award of prizes for the winning participants. Fall River Mayor William Flanagan praised the contestants for their willpower and resiliency. Healthy City Fall River coordinator David Weed awarded the Family Service Association for their high level of employee participation. Community Development Recreation program director Jamison Souza emceed the award of the individual awards, including second place to Richard Cormier for a 26.1% weight loss and first place to Jeff Caron for a 29.6% weight loss. Click here to read the Herald News article about the event. Click here to see the video of the event. For more information, contact CD-REC Executive Director Grace Gerling at 508-679-0922.


(First row, left) CD-REC program director Jamison Souza introduces his new daughter to Scott Fastino, Carol Webber and Marcia Picard. (Top row, center) The winning healthy recipe submitted by Richard and Judy Cormier is displayed on the food table. (Top row, right) Luisa Tavares is served by Chef Jessica Willilams. (Second row, left) Jenn Ann Preston, Amy Jones, Maggie Smith, Stephanie Perry, Grace Gerling and M.J. Alfonso pose for a group photo before the event. (Second row, right) Annemarie Sharkey emcees the first half of the evening. (Third row) Mayor Flanagan and Amy Jones make some remarks before the awards are given, team second place going to I.M.C.A. (Bottom row) Jamison Souza brings up the individual finalists, including second place winner Richard Cormier and first place winner Jeff Caron for the final weigh-in. 

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