Giving back during the holidays can be fun, even if you’re really sweaty.
Jen Caprio and her Sweat Studios gym in East Falmouth, along with a number of corporate sponsors and almost 100 of her clients, proved that last weekend as they worked off some of the holiday calories while raising close to $7,000 for the Falmouth Service Center’s toy drive. A 24-hour Peloton relay had wheels spinning Friday night and all day Saturday as Caprio and her friends and clients worked to make the holiday season better for local children.
“Honestly, I can’t believe the support that we had,” Caprio said. “My goal was to raised $5,000 for the Service Center and we blew past that. It was just a great community event. We had so many people that wanted to help. I was blown away.”
Through her own connections and the ones that her clients had, the Sweat Studio fundraiser was able to get numerous local businesses to make contributions that helped put them over the top of the original goal. Caprio said that support came from all over Falmouth and Mashpee. The businesses that made donations of either cash or raffle prizes included: Quick’s Hole Tavern, The Chart Room, Thrasher Electric, Darryn Frye Snow Removal and Landscape, the Police Athletic League, Kentri Development, Seafood Sam’s, Convenient MD, Le Bonjour, John Dvorsack Architect, Palcon Services, RW Bryant Contracting, Lemonadio, Falmouth 7-Eleven, and TapTastings Brew Excursions.
Caprio said that the businesses went above and beyond what she expected when putting the fundraiser together. She said that individual clients also dug deep and raised big dollars for the cause.
Akku Patel, who owns the downtown 7-Eleven in Falmouth, said the event was a chance to give back to the town that he loves.
“Anything that we can do to help out the community we want to do,” he said.
Falmouth resident Amy Thrasher has been attending classes at the local gym for some time and said that she loved the idea of being able to both release some stress through a workout, and help such a good cause. As an individual, Thrasher helped bring in over $1,300 for the event. Caprio also said that David McLean, another one of her regular students at the gym, brought in over $1,000.
“I did two (15-minute) sessions, and it was awesome,” Thrasher said. “I know some people that did five or six...it was just a really great vibe and it was so much fun and it really represents what Sweat Studio is all about.”
Caprio said that the vibe felt great all day because of the great spirit that all of her clients had as they did their part. She also said that having Stephanie Viva and her lemonadio.com radio show on-site helped to set the mood and keep people smiling and their legs turning.
“We all sweat it out together,” Caprio said. “People just gave what they could and we still have donations coming in, which is amazing. It was just an unbelievable outreach from our community...I love Falmouth, I love my community and I love my people.”
Caprio said that brings about something positive was a huge factor for her. Aside from helping the Service Center, she said that bringing smiles and fun to people through the COVID-19 pandemic has been something that she cherishes especially after missing out on one of her favorite events of the year due to the current situation. Caprio said that every Thanksgiving she enjoys helping to serve dinner at John Wesley United Methodist Church. Missing that fellowship and positivity this year, having an outlet to create some of that was rewarding.
“What better time to come together and give back to Falmouth?” she said.
Next year, with more time to plan the event, Sweat Studio of Cape Cod hopes to make its Peloton Marathon an even bigger event.
“We raised over $7,000 for the toy drive in 24 hours. Next year, I’d like to double that.”