Two Local, Women-Owned Businesses Team Up To Fight Breast Cancer

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As a women-only gym, Transformations feels a special connection to the fight against breast cancer. After watching several members fight the battle, the gym spent 10 years raising money for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.

In 2014, Transformations brand owner Jennifer Davis was compelled to shift the focus to the local level by starting her own fundraiser. “As a small business, we feel connected to our community,” she said. “We wanted to make our fundraising efforts match our mission to serve the women in our area.

GLOW4.0 evolved so that all proceeds could stay in Anne Arundel County and make a more direct impact in the lives of gym members and friends. Since then, Transformations has financed and executed five breast cancer fundraisers, donating more than $41,000 to local charities.

Last year, Fatima Engleman, owner of Odenton Sports Center, offered her space so GLOW could expand. “Fatima has a big heart,” Davis said. “She offers her space and her time with no regard to the inconvenience. We appreciate the opportunity to grow this fundraiser — it would not be possible without her.”

Together, the two businesses will turn down the lights and turn up the volume. GLOW4.0 will be a two-hour Pound and dance fitness event on Saturday, October 19, at the Odenton Sports Center. The doors will open at 7:00pm and the event will run from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.

GLOW4.0 is a creative way to raise money for breast cancer. Black lights, stages, speakers and the fitness instructors make GLOW4.0 a party like no other! Participants at the event can dance, enjoy refreshments, shop with vendors, paint themselves with glow-in-the-dark paint, take selfies at the photo booth, bid on raffles or win door prizes.

A video recap of last year’s event is posted on the gym webpage. Tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance at www.transformationsfitnessforwomen.com/glow.

Transformations Fitness and Odenton Sports Center will donate all proceeds to the Sunshine Fund at the Tate Cancer Center of Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The fund supports women during their cancer treatments. Women may apply to receive assistance to help cover expenses associated with loss of work or extra medical bills.

Businesses and individuals interested in supporting the event through sponsorships or donations may contact event organizers via the Transformations webpage. Tax-deductible donations to the event can be accepted at either Transformations location.

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