SHERWOOD, Ark., June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Viewers of ABC's "Secret Millionaire" Sunday night were undoubtedly moved as they watched the co-founders of Anytime Fitness pour their hearts out, and open up their wallets, after learning about economic and other challenges faced by countless children in Oklahoma City, OK. What viewers may not have realized is that more than a dozen of Anytime Fitness' preferred vendors, including ABC Financial, teamed with the world's fastest-growing fitness club chain to provide opportunities and enrich the lives of children for many years to come.
"The young children we met in Oklahoma City are dealing with unbelievable hardships," said Chuck Runyon, Anytime Fitness co-founder and CEO. "Many of them are essentially homeless. Others have educational and nutritional needs that aren't being met. The generosity of companies like ABC Financial will go a long way towards giving these children a better chance to enjoy happy, healthy and productive lives."
Among other things, Runyon and Dave Mortensen, Anytime Fitness co-founder and president, donated an entire Anytime Fitness club to benefit the OKC Youth Wrestling Foundation – an organization which mentors underprivileged children with a focus on teaching positive character traits. Twenty percent of the proceeds of the club will go directly to the Foundation, which assists hundreds of children in Oklahoma City each year.
ABC Financial supported Anytime Fitness' efforts by providing a free year of payment processing services to the club. "We are truly honored to have the opportunity to partner with Anytime Fitness in their efforts to empower youth through positive extracurricular activities like those performed at OKC Youth Wrestling Foundation," stated Paul Schaller, ABC Financial President. "By investing in our children, we invest in our future."
"The week we spent with the kids in OKC changed our lives forever," said Mortensen. "As anyone who watched the show could tell, it's tough not to get emotional when you see the challenges that these kids face every day. At the same time, it's incredibly heart-warming to know that there are organizations out there, like OKC Youth Wrestling, that are so dedicated to making a real difference in young people's lives."
The new Anytime Fitness club benefiting the Foundation is located at 7140 NW 23rd Street in Bethany, OK. For more information about how the club and the Foundation are assisting children, or about how you can get involved, contact Tyler Williams at [email protected].
About Anytime Fitness
Founded in 2002, Anytime Fitness is now the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world, with nearly 1,600,000 members and 2,000+ clubs worldwide. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient and affordable fitness options in friendly, well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment. Clubs are now open in 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Grand Cayman, Poland, the Netherlands, Qatar and Japan. Join one club and use them all. Members also enjoy free access to AnytimeHealth.com, the most comprehensive wellness website available.
About ABC Financial
Launched in 1981, ABC Financial has revolutionized software and payment processing for the health and fitness industry. Headquartered in the Little Rock, Ark. area, ABC Financial serves approximately 3,800 health clubs with approximately two million members throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The company's innovative club management software, DataTrak, is the most complete web-based software in the health and fitness industry.
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SOURCE ABC Financial