DFW Massage Envy Owners Pledge $30,000
DALLAS, TX (April 16, 2013)…Massage Envy DFW clinics are teaming with members of the Delta Theta Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority (AOII) for the 2013 Dallas Arthritis Walk® on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The partnership is a good match: Massage Envy is a national sponsor of the Arthritis Walk, and AOII’s international philanthropy is arthritis research and the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization.
Arthritis consists of more than 100 different diseases or conditions – musculoskeletal disorders – that destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissues, hampering or halting physical movement. Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term for the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions affecting children ages 16 and younger. There are several types of JA, all with no known cause or cure.
Ten-year-old Sarah Lewinski was diagnosed with JA at age 2. She must take low-dose chemotherapy drugs, and her vision is at risk. To see a new face of arthritis, watch her story – Sarah’s SuperStars 2013 – on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnQlF1JtPM4.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring attention to children with Juvenile Arthritis. And we are excited to be partnering with Massage Envy,” says Courtney Boyle, president of the Delta Theta Chapter. “For many people, including children, massage can help ease the pain from arthritis.”
Texas Woman’s University in Denton is home to the Delta Theta Chapter of AOII. Members will act as brand ambassadors during the walk, volunteering in the Massage Envy tent to spread the word about arthritis and massage. They will also donate funds they raise to the Arthritis Foundation.
“Some of our youngest clients are children living with Juvenile Arthritis. It’s difficult to see them dealing with constant pain at such a young age, but the therapeutic massage at Massage Envy can help. So it means a lot to our employees to sponsor this event and participate in the Arthritis Walk,” notes Lance O’Pry, Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Developer for Massage Envy.
Radio personality Bonnie Curry of KLTY 94.9 FM will serve as team captain of Massage Envy DFW’s team of walkers. Listen for her interview with 10-year-old Sarah Lewinski and her announcement about a sponsorship contest for walking teams on her midday radio show – 10 AM to 2 PM weekdays – as she encourages listeners to register, donate and walk with her at the May 18 Arthritis walk. Bonnie’s team is Massage Envy – Bonnie Curry’s Team.
To enter the team sponsorship contest, register on Massage Envy DFW’s Facebook tab (www.facebook.com/MassageDFW) and write a short essay for a chance to win the Grand Prize: a $500 donation and shirts for your team, plus three 1-hour Massage Envy gift cards for the team captain. The contest will run from Wednesday, April 3, through April 28, 2013.
Uncle Julio’s Restaurant is adding their support to the Dallas Arthritis Walk. The first 25 people to sign up for Massage Envy Bonnie’s Team will receive an Uncle Julio’s $50 gift card, which can be picked up at the Massage Envy tent at the walk.
At the Massage Envy tent, five licensed massage therapists will be performing chair massages and giving away Massage Envy offer cards and Uncle Julio’s $10 gift cards.
If one of the mothers in your life has arthritis, and even if they don’t, remember that Mother’s Day is May 12. Between April 26 and May 12, Massage Envy has a special $99 gift card offer. Buy a $99 gift card during this time, and the recipient can get two 1-hour massage sessions, each with a Sugar Foot Scrub, at a Massage Envy clinic, or one 1-hour massage session with Sugar Foot Scrub and a Murad® facial at a Massage Envy spa. This offer is valid only at the 30 DFW area Massage Envy clinics and spas.
“The 15 owners and 30 clinics of Massage Envy DFW want to step up their support for the Arthritis Walk this year also,” adds O’Pry. “Each clinic has committed to raising an additional $1000 each, for a minimum total of $30,000 toward the Dallas walk’s fundraising.”
The Arthritis Walk®, part of the Let’s Move Together® movement, is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event to raise public awareness and funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. In joining the 2013 walk, participants become part of a nationwide community that encourages people to prevent or treat arthritis through movement. This year’s goal for the Dallas walk is $275,000.
In a statement from the Arthritis Foundation: “We aren’t just fighting arthritis and helping the millions of people who live with arthritis pain. We’re making the impact of arthritis unacceptable and taking a stand, moving together to help prevent and treat this serious and painful disease through research, education and community programs.”
Participants walk for friends or family members with arthritis, and those with arthritis wear blue hats to signify their action to take control of their condition. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs at participating events.
The walk will be held at Park Central, located at 12700 Park Central in Dallas, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Participants who register online prior to May 17 can just check in, or participants may register at the walk. All fundraising donations should be turned in at check-in/registration. To register online, donate, or for more information on the Dallas walk, go to http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/waiver.asp?ievent=1045457.
• 8:30 a.m.: Registration
• 9:40 a.m.: Announcements
• 10:00 a.m.: Walk begins
• *Food/Games throughout event*
• 11:30 a.m.: Closing comments
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, reduced quality of life, and high health care costs in the U.S. Of the 46 million Americans who suffer from arthritis, nearly half say that arthritis limits their normal activities. The good news is that recent studies suggest that massage can help reduce pain and increase mobility in those who suffer from arthritis. Massage Envy offers a Massage Wellness Program to help cope with chronic arthritis pain.
For more information about the Arthritis Foundation and Juvenile Arthritis, go to www.Arthritis.org.
Following the walk, check out Massage Envy DFW’s Facebook page for photos of the event.
At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $49 and a one-hour Healthy Skin facial session at $59. Memberships are available for $59 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members can enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate or a one-hour Healthy Skin facial session for $49.
Log on to http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/TX/Dallas.aspx to find the nearest Massage Envy clinic. All clinics are open seven days a week.
About Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority
Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority (AOII) was organized at Barnard College in New York City in 1897 by its four founders. Since then, the sorority has grown to 190 collegiate chapters and initiated over 151,000 members. Founded on a promise to serve not only one another but also the greater community, AOII chapters work with numerous local community projects and organizations as well as AOII’s international philanthropy – arthritis research and the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization. For more information about Alpha Omicron Pi, go to www.alphaomicronpi.org.
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