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Sanibel fire helps to raise $6K in 9/11 Push-Up Challenge

By Staff | Sep 25, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Cordula Reichardt, winners Mikey Garcia and Kara Palumbo, and Rick Milnes.

Anytime Fitness College Parkway hosted the 9/11 Push-Up Challenge on Sept. 11 to benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, with more than $6,000 raised.

With 4,163 push-ups performed by EMS, firefighters, law enforcement, and gym and community members, Anytime Fitness donated 50 cents per push-up done between 5 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to benefit fallen first responders. The participants included members of the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District.

Other agencies were the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County EMS, Iona McGregor Fire District, Fort Myers Police Department, South Trail Fire Protection & Rescue Service District and more.

Trophies were awarded to the top male and female competitors. The winners were Iona McGregor Fire District Firefighter Mikey Garcia with 103 push-ups – in fire gear – and South Trail Fire Protection & Rescue District Firefighter Kara Palumbo with 102 push-ups.

“When we were considering a fitness-related charity event for 9/11, my partner Cordula Reichardt, found that over 90 percent of donations go directly to the mission at T2T,” Jim Stewart, co-owner of Anytime Fitness College Parkway, said. “Add in the fun created by Kristen Clarke and Mackenzie Bart from ABC 7 and the enthusiastic participation by many first responders, members and the community, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”