In an effort spearheaded by Monica Helmstetter, event director for Spatec North America events, a team of spa industry athletes recently joined forces to complete an Ironman event in support of Eminence Kids Foundation. Spa pros from various parts of the industry competed in Victoria, Canada’s Subaru Ironman 70.3 as part of the #SpasPushingLimits group. Participants raised money for the charity throughout training and either joined relay teams or competed individually in the swimming, running, and biking event. The group’s $10,000 goal was reached on the day of the event, and the proceeds will be used to open a brand new Eminence Kids Foundation outpost in Charleston, SC, Helmstetter’s hometown.
Among this year’s contestants were Helmstetter and her husband Phil; David Erlich, director of spa and retail operations at Spa of the Rockies at Glenwood Hot Springs (CO), who was injured before the race and came as a spectator; Epicuren Discovery’s Jessica Santora; Zeel's Clint Wall, Breanne DesLauriers, Jarrod Muenter, Katy Muenter, Jim Bradley, Katie Rattray, and Gordon Turnbull from Eminence Organic Skin Care; Phil Sconzert from Fitness on Demand; and Danny Chang, Michael Matthews, and Scott Michaelis from Live Love Spa.
Three years ago, the Eminence Kids Foundation had just one location where sick children undergoing treatments in hospitals are served organic meals. Says Boldijarre Koronczay, president of Eminence Organic Skin Care and Eminence Kids Foundation, “Now this will be the fifth location, which will serve organic meals to help sick children in their recovery.”
Interested in joining the wellness community for a good cause? Check out the Facebook group #SpasPushingLimits to see how you can get involved or visit here to learn more about the Eminence Kids Foundation.