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‘Power of A’ Gold Award

It’s an honor that confers credit and distinction upon IHRSA, its staff, and both its club and associate members. It’s an honor that also demonstrates, once again, that the IHRSA family has “heart.” Earlier this year, IHRSA was named the recipient of the “Power of A” (Association) Gold Award, conferred by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), for its strong and ongoing support of Augie’s BASH.

The BASH, a fund-raising gala held each year during IHRSA’s Annual International Convention and Trade Show, is one of the principal efforts of Augie’s Quest, a charitable initiative that raises money for research to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The Quest was founded and is overseen by industry veteran Augie Nieto, the co-founder and former head of Life Fitness, and his wife, Lynne. In 2005, Nieto was diagnosed with ALS, a disease that affects roughly 300,000 Americans each year.

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IHRSA's Augie's Quest efforts gets gold star ... actually, award

Augie, Lynne, Elvis and Las Vegas performers during the 2013 BASH for Augie's Quest.IHRSA’s connection with Augie’s Quest is to both support further research for a cure of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and fitness pioneer and friend, Augie Nieto. It certainly is not done for any awards or recognition. 

Recently IHRSA was recognized by ASAE – an association that supports and represents associations – with its Power of A Gold Award for its role as facilitator in bringing the fitness industry together to support Augie’s Quest, which funds research and drug development to end ALS.

Read on for more on the ASAE award.