Fighting for a cause

Entrepreneurs, Events, Public Relations Posted Jan 28, 2015 by Kayla Krause

Recently my co-worker Shannon Todesca and I attended one of the most enjoyable and gratifying events I’ve ever been a part of: boxing for charity. The Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG) of Boston held athe ring_Dream Big! boxing Box Fiit event at The Club by George Foreman III where women from the Boston tech scene took part in a boxing class and auction to help raise money for the non-profit Dream Big!. Not only was this an event that helped women in the industry network and raise money for a great cause – but it also kicked our butts!

Dream Big! is a Boston-based non-profit group that strives to help girls from low-income situations achieve their dreams by providing them with the necessary items to participate in sports and other physical activities. CHEN PR is a long-time supporter of Dream Big! and truly believes in the organization’s mission, so Shannon and I  jumped at the chance to participate.

The event consisted of 70 women in one of The Club’s BOXFIIT 360 classes. It wasn’t your typical “networking” event since we spent 45 grueling minutes punching bags, planking, arm rowing, and countless other high-intensity workouts – but it surprisingly helped us connect with those around us quicker than we would’ve thought. By the end of the workout we were all happy it was over (I’m still sore), but also proud of having endured.

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And the fighting continued post-workout as we battled for the highest bid during the auction, which resulted in over $3,500 raised. Dream Big! and TUGG seemed to know the audience given the auction items up for grabs: spa days, workout class packages, Patriots gear, etc. The auction may have been more of a workout than the actual class.

What made the event so successful, and memorable for me, was the mix of enduring a great workout and the opportunity to meet and make friends with people who share the same interests—all in the name of a terrific charity.

I look forward to Dream Big! and TUGG hosting more events like these—and to having my butt kicked for a great cause!

Shannon and I_Dream Big! boxing