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Gold Award for IHRSA's support of Augie's Quest

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.

“I heartily congratulate IHRSA for benefiting not just their own industry, but society at large,” said Paul Pomerantz, CEO of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and chair of the Power of A Judging Committee. “It is heartening to see an organization like IHRSA excel at bringing the entire fitness industry together, harnessing the power of the association for inspiring results.”

The harnessed power Pomerantz refers to is the more than 35 members of IHRSA’s leadership and membership who actively organize and promote the annual BASH for Augie’s Quest, led by IHRSA’s Executive Director Emeritus John McCarthy as the BASH event chair, as well as the roughly 1,000 annual BASH attendees, and the hundreds of clubs that have run individual fundraising events for “Clubs for the Quest”. 

The BASH raised more than $1.7 million in 2014 and has averaged more than $1.5 million per year over the past 9 years. It brings the entire industry together to show its love of Nieto and determination to find a cure for ALS, during IHRSA’s Annual International Convention & Trade Show.

According to a press release, the Power of A Awards is the industry’s highest honor, recognizing the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global level. The award rewards outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world. 

“In addition to the thousands of people and their families hit by the tragic diagnosis of ALS, who now have hope thanks to Augie’s Quest, countless people in the fitness industry have been touched by the efforts of Augie Nieto and his quest to find a cure for ALS,” said Joe Moore, CEO and President of IHRSA. “From the first day we learned of his diagnosis, IHRSA has delivered the full weight and reach of our industry to help.”

Nieto, co-founder of industry giant Life Fitness, praised the IHRSA team.

Augie Nieto walks his daughter down the aisle.“Congratulations IHRSA. The whole IHRSA gang should feel extremely proud of what we have accomplished,” he said. “The fitness industry has made a huge impact on the research and is leading the way to find effective treatments for this devastating disease.”

Nieto has certainly inspired members of the health and fitness industry. During the July 4th weekend he walked his daughter down the aisle, with the help of a harness. And in March he did leg presses at the IHRSA 2014 trade show, which followed him riding a workout bike in 2013.

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