Genesis Health Clubs Foundation raises a record of over $300,000, with more than 320 participants, for kids in poverty at its annual gala.
Each year, Genesis Health Clubs holds an annual gala through its Genesis Foundation for Fitness and Tennis (GFFT) to support disadvantaged children. The goal is to raise funds to provide kids in poverty with new shoes, quality beds and linens, and athletic grants.
This year’s gala — featuring a silent auction and live auction, plus event admission — raised a record of over $300,000, with more than 320 participants.
“We’ve been doing this event for years, but this year it really came alive,” said Rodney Steven II, the president of Genesis Health Clubs, in a statement. “Every table was sold out, the auction items were amazing, and everyone came together to help local kids. That generosity will help us buy shoes and beds for thousands of kids. I’m so thankful for everyone who helped, especially DeAnn White, who has really grown this to a whole new level. We’re going to need more room next year.”
DeAnn White has served as the director of GFFT for the last three years. She and Brandon Steven, the largest automotive entrepreneur in Kansas and Rodney’s brother, assembled a number of attractive auction items including Super Bowl tickets and a VIP meet and greet with backstage passes with Kevin Hart. Many items exceeded $10,000 in donations.
“There are a lot of wonderful people out there and they really came through for the kids,” said White, in a statement. “Everyone who helped, donated, bid in the auction or attended the event did something that will help the most vulnerable kids out there. It was tremendous. I’m thankful and humbled.”
The Genesis Foundation for Fitness and Tennis was founded in 2006. Genesis Health Clubs boasts 59 clubs in seven states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Iowa and Florida.