Mountainside Fitness hits milestone for Make-A-Wish Arizona donations

A view of a Mountainside Fitness reception desk donning the donated stars. (submitted photo)

A view of a Mountainside Fitness reception desk donning the donated stars. (submitted photo)

Mountainside Fitness has announced that in the past six years, the fitness center has raised more than $500,000 for Make-A-Wish Arizona.

CEO and Founder of Mountainside Fitness, Tom Hatten, has been on the board of Make-A-Wish Arizona for six years and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2015, according to a press release.

Over the years Mr. Hatten has enlisted Mountainside Fitness members and employees to help raise money in order to grant Arizona children’s wishes.

Mountainside Fitness has done this in many ways, such as putting together a team of employees and members every year for the Walk For Wishes, and by selling stars for donations to members, which are then hung up on the walls of the fitness centers.

The star campaign has raised $275,000 since 2010. Of the $500,000 Mountainside Fitness has raised, Mr. Hatten says $325,000 has come from donations by members.

“We get a big lift from our members who just give and give and give,” said Mr. Hatten in the press release. “To help a child get through chemo and their operations, and to brighten their outlook on life is truly amazing.”

2016 was a record fundraising year for Mountainside Fitness, garnering just under $40,000 for this year’s Walk For Wishes. Walk For Wishes is a family-friendly event powered by wish kids, volunteers, donors and friends, to celebrate wishes granted and to raise funds for future wishes in Arizona.

“We need more regular donors — $10, $20, $30 — it all makes a difference,” said Mr. Hatten in the release. “People can even donate airline miles. The average wish costs $8,500 and every dollar someone donates makes a difference in the life of a child.”

Mr. Hatten has been largely involved in the community since opening his first fitness center in 1991 and has been a growing presence in Arizona, having opened his 14th Mountainside Fitness location in Queen Creek on Oct. 22.

He loves to help kids and worked closely with the Child Crisis Center. He was also recently honored by Teen Lifeline for his charitable work in the community and MDA of Arizona.

“Mountainside Fitness will continue to be heavily involved with Make-a-Wish Arizona and other charitable organizations,” said Mr. Hatten in the release. “We have amazing participation from our members and employees, and I can only imagine how well we will do with our fundraising efforts next year.”

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