Town Sports International Launches Initiative to Encourage Donations for Disaster Relief in Japan

Northeast Health Club Chain to Give 100% of Joining Fee to the American Red Cross

Mar 16, 2011, 21:58 ET from Town Sports International

NEW YORK, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Town Sports International (TSI), operators of New York, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia Sports Clubs, today announced a new fundraising initiative in conjunction with the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in Japan. As leaders in health and wellness, TSI will encourage and incentivize new members to improve their lives through exercise while helping victims of the devastating earth quake and tsunami in Japan.

Beginning Thursday, March 17 through March 28, the Sports Clubs will donate the entire new members' $25 joining fee directly to the American Red Cross. To donate to the relief fund, philanthropy-minded fitness enthusiasts are encouraged to visit and join a Sports Clubs in the New York, Boston, Washington DC or Philadelphia regions.

"TSI mourns the incredible loss of lives following the recent tragedies in Japan," said Robert Giardina, CEO and President of TSI. "Through this initiative we look to offer whatever assistance we can as Japan recovers from this devastating series of natural disasters."

TSI's partner, The American Red Cross, is accepting monetary donations as the organization assists victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. The American Red Cross is in contact with the Japanese Red Cross to assess needs and provide resources as needed. It is more efficient for disaster relief agencies to purchase needed resources locally and for immediate distribution with the disaster area. The best way for U.S. donors to help Japanese disaster survivors is to make a cash donation. For additional ways to donate visit

About Town Sports International Holdings, Inc.:

New York-based Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. is a leading owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and, through its subsidiaries, operated 160 fitness clubs as of December 31, 2010, comprising 108 New York Sports Clubs, 25 Boston Sports Clubs, 18 Washington Sports Clubs (two of which are partly-owned), six Philadelphia Sports Clubs, and three clubs located in Switzerland. For more information on TSI, visit

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