Augusta Food Pantry Director Brenda Pettis accepts the $1,000 donation from Augusta Therapy & Fitness employee Amy Flug at the pantry Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Favor wins charitable actions

"Like"-able Augusta center wins contest, donates prize

Rachel Dorf

Larry Hickok, owner of The Augusta Therapy & Fitness and four other Therapy & Fitness locations issued a challenge on the popular social media website Facebook to all of his Therapy and Fitness locations; whichever facility received the most "likes" on their Facebook page had to donate a $1,000 to the charity of their choice.

Augusta Therapy & Fitness was the most favorable business, winning over the others with the highest number of people clicking the like button on their page. The facility decided to donate their winnings to the Augusta Food Pantry. In the month of October, Feed My People food bank matched donations dollar-for-dollar and gave $1,000 worth of food to the area food bank as well. Feed My People is a food bank, which is a facility that provides food for families in need in 14 different counties in Western Wisconsin by acting as the equivalent of a grocer to a number of local food pantries.

"Feed my People is proud to work with the Augusta food pantry and we're thrilled with the community support that they're receiving," Michelle Pride, Feed My People representative said.

The Augusta Food Pantry expressed their thrill at having received the donation.

"We would like to thank everyone that liked the Augusta Therapy & Fitness Center on Facebook so that we were able to get the $1,000," Director Brenda Pettis said upon being given the donation at the pantry last Tuesday.

Augusta Therapy & Fitness is gaining in social media popularity while maintaing its roughly brand new status in the community. Breaking ground recently, the facility hopes to be up and running soon, with employees such as Amy Flug attending to the rehabilitation of Augusta and area patients.

"We're excited to join the community and provide physical therapy," Flug said.

Planning on establishing their business soon, Augusta Therapy & Fitness expects the center to open in mid-December.


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