Friends, Fitness, & Philanthropy

October 17, 2019

A fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics of New Jersey

Sponsored by The Peck School Parents Association

About the Special Olympics New Jersey

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit every day around the world through the transformative power and joy of sport. Through programming in sports, health, education, and community-building, Special Olympics is tackling the inactivity, stigma, isolation, and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) face. Special Olympics New Jersey provides community services for people with ID and provides rich volunteer experiences for youth of Morris, Essex and Sussex county.

What is Friends, Fitness and Philanthropy?

Friends, Fitness and Philanthropy is a fundraiser run bi-annually by the Peck Parents Association that is intended to solely benefit a local or national charitable organization. This year's event is open to everyone, from our parent and alumni communities to friends, family, and the general public.

We welcome you to join us this year in your workout clothes for a group exercise experience followed by a healthy lunch and speaker series. (Class descriptions are below.) Guest speakers will include a Special Olympic athlete and coach pair to speak about the importance of athletics in building self-esteem and life-long health. Peck alumna and current parent Carter Abbott '89, Athletic Director of the Pingry School, will also join us to talk about athletics for children and the role they play in development.

When purchasing event tickets, participants may also sign up for a morning wellness class (optional; descriptions below), purchase raffle tickets, and/or make a donation to Special Olympics NJ.

Event tickets are $100 and include a morning wellness class of your choice (optional), and our FFP luncheon and speaker series.

At the end of our event, we will be raffling off three custom baskets designed to promote healthy minds and healthy bodies! Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100 and can be purchased in advance.  Attendance is not mandatory; winners will be notified via email.

Schedule of Events

  • 9:45 - 11:00 Exercise and Wellness classes
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30 - 2:00 Speakers and Raffle Giveaway

Raffle Items

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  • Basket #1: Eat Healthy

    Includes a private cooking lesson with Chrissy Davenport of Revitalize & Nourish (a Board Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach); dinner at a local Morristown restaurant; a bright and colorful Sugar Rush over-the-shoulder bag AND gift card; a Playa Bowl gift card; Pastosa gluten-free products; and a Seasons gift card.
  • Basket #2: Exercise Often

    Includes an Apple Watch; Beats wireless headphones; and gift cards to Jack Rabbit, Ride and Reflect, Athleta, and Glow Yoga.
  • Basket #3 - Wellness Basket

    Includes an R3 Lab Cryotherapy, Athletic Recovery, Spa and Lounge gift basket, and gift card. Plus: a Tory Burch McGraw tote bag, Beauty Counter products, a Massage Heights gift card, a Lash House Facial, Jin Shin Jyutsu and gift products from Love Blossoms.

Wellness Class Offerings:

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  • Barre

    We use your own body weight, the ballet barre, and a few props that will change your body. Take this class and you will lose inches and get stronger! Highly-trained instructors customize the exercises to ensure they are safe and effective for any age and any body.

    The class is led at Peck by Bar Method instructor(s). 

    Class Time: 10 to 10:45 a.m.

    Class Location:
     Wentworth Gym (The Peck School)

    Parking: Participants should park directly at The Peck School, or at Ginty Pool (414 South Street). Shuttles will run from Ginty Pool throughout the event.

    Following the class, participants should walk from the Wentworth Gym to The Peck Commons building for the FFP luncheon and speaker series.
     


  • HIIT

    HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, and alternates intense periods of work with short rest intervals. With HIIT, you can expect to lose weight, increase muscle definition, feel better, and have more energy.

    The class is led by Ride + Reflect instructor(s) at the Morristown location.

    Class Time: 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.

    Class Location:
     Ride+Reflect, 125 South Street, Morristown

    Following the class, participants should park at Ginty Pool (414 South Street) and take the shuttle from Ginty Pool to The Peck School for the FFP luncheon and speaker series.

  • Mindfulness

    This class will focus on ways to cultivate mindfulness in your daily life. Learn how to find comfort and peace while calming the busy mind.

    The class is led at Peck by Glow Yoga instructor(s).

    Class Time: 10 to 10:45 a.m.

    Class Location: Lindenwold Library (The Peck School)

    Parking: Participants should park directly at The Peck School, or at Ginty Pool (414 South Street). Shuttles will run from Ginty Pool throughout the event.

    Following the class, participants should walk from the Lindenwold Library to The Peck Commons building for the FFP luncheon and speaker series.
     
  • Nutrition for Optimal Fitness

    This nutrition lesson and cooking demonstration will focus on nutrition principles as they relate to achieving optimal fitness.

    Participants will learn about nutrition and hydration needs for various levels of physical activity, understand the impact of nutrient composition for pre and post-workout snacks, and will observe the facilitator preparing recipes featuring foods that support optimal fitness.

    The class is led at Peck by Living Plate, LLC founder and current Peck parent, Jeanne Petrucci.

    Class Time: 10 to 10:45 a.m.

    Class Location: The Peck Commons Multipurpose Room (The Peck School)

    Parking: Participants should park directly at The Peck School, or at Ginty Pool (414 South Street). Shuttles will run from Ginty Pool throughout the event.

    Following the class, participants should proceed from the multipurpose room to The Peck Commons dining hall for lunch and speakers.
  • Run

    Join Morristown's Jack Rabbit for a 45-minute guided run through Morristown.  The run departs from Ginty Pool (414 South Street.)

    The class is led by Jack Rabbit instructor(s). 

    Class Time: 10 to 10:45 a.m.

    Class Location: Departs from Ginty Pool 
     
    Participants should park at Ginty Pool and, following the class, take the shuttle from Ginty Pool to The Peck School for the FFP luncheon and speaker series.
  • Spin

    Ride + Reflect's classic ride is a 45-minute, rhythm-driven spin class. Each ride includes 1 song with weights for the upper body, and 1 song with R+R's signature 'reflection' song giving you a chance to tune in. This is truly a full-body workout that will leave you sweating, singing, and ready to sign up for more!

    The class is led by Ride + Reflect instructor(s) at the Morristown location.

    Class Time: 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.

    Class Location:
     Ride+Reflect, 125 South Street, Morristown

    Following the class, participants should park at Ginty Pool (414 South Street) and take the shuttle from Ginty Pool to The Peck School for the FFP luncheon and speaker series.
  • Walk

    Join Morristown's Jack Rabbit for a 45-minute guided walk through Morristown.  The walk departs from Ginty Pool (414 South Street.)

    The class is led by Jack Rabbit instructor(s). 

    Class Time: 10 to 10:45 a.m.

    Class Location: Departs from Ginty Pool 
     
    Participants should park at Ginty Pool and, following the class, take the shuttle from Ginty Pool to The Peck School for the FFP luncheon and speaker series.
  • Yoga

    Expect a vinyasa/flow style class with an emphasis on thoughtful sequencing and alignment. Whether you are beginning, advanced, or somewhere in the middle, you will find what you need in this well-rounded flow!

    The class is led by Ride + Reflect instructor(s) at the Morristown location.

    Class Time: 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.

    Class Location:
     Ride+Reflect, 125 South Street, Morristown

    Following the class, participants should park at Ginty Pool (414 South Street) and take the shuttle from Ginty Pool to The Peck School for the FFP luncheon and speaker series.

An enormous thank you goes to our Parent Association FFP chairs and volunteers!

Co-chairs: Sarah Heck and Kirsten Neville
Treasurer: Stacey Breaks
Raffle Chairs: Michele de Burgh Codrington and Jeanine Steenberg
Marketing & Charity Liaison: Helena Watson
Food Chair: Jeanne Petrucci
Registration Chair: Alexis Van Der Sterre
Decoration Chair: Kerry Patel
Volunteer Chair: Tracy Meerwarth Pester '88
If you have any questions about the event please email ffp@peckschool.org
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