Spa Industry Pros Give Back to Victims of Las Vegas Shooting

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You may have heard of the #SpasPushingLimits group through their previous fundraising initiatives, like when they did the Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria Triathlon to raise money for the Eminence Kids Foundation, or when American Spa recently reported on the group’s upcoming hike to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Now, the group is adding another cause to benefit from their upcoming hike of Lone Mountain – the victims of the recent Las Vegas shooting at Mandalay Bay. 

The group is slated to hike Lone Mountain in Las Vegas this Sunday, October 15. After the hike, the group’s plans were to celebrate with a casual light dinner and drinks. After the attack that occurred at the Mandalay Bay hotel on October 1, the group decided there had to be a way they could help out. Instead, Deirdre Strunk with the Canyon Ranch SpaClub has partnered with the group to open the Canyon Ranch SpaClub located in the Venetian for silent meditation sessions, starting at 7:00 pm. There will be a $20 fee at the door, and all door proceeds will be donated towards the Las Vegas shooting victims and their families. The event is open to the public and has been widely spread throughout the spa community, with the group hoping for hundreds of people to attend. Those planning on attending are encouraged to meet at the front desk of the spa side of the Venetian around 6:45 pm.

The photo #SpasPushingLimits is sharing on social media to spread the word about the event.

#SpasPushingLimits is a group that started on social media, spearheaded by director of events for Spatec North America, Monica Helmstetter. Helmstetter, who has been doing triathlons since she moved to Charleston a number of years ago, knew she had to have peers and colleagues from the wellness industry who would also be interested in fitness, and came up with the idea that they would be able to do what they love and do it for a good cause; thus, #SpasPushingLimits was born. The group quickly took off online and had a successful first event, where the group members raised over $10,000 for the Eminence Kids Foundation after the Subaru IRONAMN 70.3 Victoria Triathlon. For their next event, the group had plans to hike Turtlehead Peak to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but after some careful consideration of the collective experience level of the group, Helmstetter decided the group would be better off hiking Lone Mountain instead.

The group’s hike is still slated for this Sunday, October 15, though now in a different location. The fundraising goals and rules are still the same: each participant pays a $100 minimum to join the hike, which is then supplemented by any additional fundraising that can be completed, to be donated to the LLS. The group will also raise money for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their families through the upcoming Lone Mountain hike as well.

For those looking to donate to the LLS, visit the #SpasPushingLimits fundraising page. For more information on the silent meditation sessions, and donating on behalf of the spa industry to the victims of the recent Las Vegas tragedy, reach out to Monica Helmstetter at [email protected].


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