Newtown Athletic Club’s ‘Have a Heart Foundation’ will donate $1,000 per week to charities and nonprofits in 2022
NEWTOWN >> Jim Worthington, the owner of Newtown Athletic Club (NAC), announced that the NAC Have a Heart Foundation will donate $1,000 each week for 52 weeks in 2022 to another charity or nonprofit in the Bucks County and surrounding area.
The goal is not just to help people in need financially, but to highlight them so that other people and businesses in the community are also motivated to join us. The NAC has always led by example to support great causes in the community that have the greatest impact on the greatest number of people.
The inspiration for this initiative came to Mr. Worthington after attending the annual screening of the classic Christmas film, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. at the newly renovated historic Newtown Theatre. He was so moved by the heartwarming experience of seeing this classic film in such an important historic location that he was moved to make a donation.
Worthington commented, “There was such a feeling of warmth, camaraderie and goodwill in the theater that night. Perhaps it was a combination of the holiday spirit and the spirit of the story behind the theater that made everyone feel connected in a very special way.
Newtown Theater Executive Director Andy Smith was delighted to learn of the donation and the year-long initiative that this donation would launch.
The Newtown Theater has just undergone the first phase of renovations, which replaced the parquet flooring, all first floor seating with new vintage seating and a disabled entrance and bathroom on the first floor. The theater has retained its historic charm and authenticity and plans to do so throughout phase two renovations to the balcony and downstairs bathrooms.
Many people have asked how they can support the theatre. There are many ways: go see a movie or special event live at the theater, rent or use the theater for a private or co-pro event, or donate online at www.TheNewtownTheatre.com.
The second donation of $1,000 went to the Bristol Borough Community Action Group Food Bank (BBCAG), located in Bristol Borough. For over 50 years, the BBCAG has been a trusted resource for those in need. The mission is clear: to help everyone (and everyone) with one of life’s most basic needs: daily meals.
The organization is led by Jeff and Helen Fischer, having been established in 1971 by members of Jeff’s family. Jeff is the volunteer executive director and Helen is an ordained minister. Together, they run the entire operation that serves over 8,000 families in Bucks County each year.
Jeff and Helen have observed that food insecurity has gotten much worse during the pandemic. They receive support from Bucks County Opportunity Council and Philabundance. Nevertheless, cash donations are still needed as food is distributed very quickly. Please visit http://givebucks.org/ to make a much needed donation.
According to Worthington, the NAC’s “Have a Heart Foundation” would like to highlight the many equally important causes in the community and region. That’s the goal of the 52K in 52 Weeks initiative in 2022. To learn more about the program and to apply to become a recipient of one of the $1,000 donations, visit www.NACHaveaHeart.org/apply.
The Newtown Athletic Club, recognized as one of the best health clubs in the world, is a full-service, multi-leisure health and fitness resort whose mission is “to improve lives by creating the experience of ultimate recreational, social and healthy life”. As an industry leader, the NAC is an award-winning facility with a strong commitment and connection to the community not only as a service provider, but also as a supporter of charitable activities and services that depend on donations and local support. . The NAC, a true lifestyle club, prides itself on offering the finest services, programs and facilities in a 250,000 square foot facility on 25 acres in the heart of Bucks County located at 120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA 18940 .www. newtownathletic.com