**I’ve stopped posting here. We have a board in the lounge area with thank you notes, and we’ve also put up a website specifically dedicated to our community efforts- www.loveprovides.com.**
Shelter for Women in Hartford
December 21st, 2011
Our “Spirit of Giving” campaign concluded yesterday and we donated about $700 worth of goods to the Shelter for Women in Hartford. I am impressed and proud of how our students came together on this! You are true examples of what it means to be martial artists. You’re helping others who are not as able to help themselves at the moment. Throughout history, this has been the true calling of the real martial artist. Great work.
Self-Defense Seminar for Bacon Academy Students
June 2nd, 2010
We hosted a self-defense seminar for students from the Bacon Academy in Colchester. Students (and a couple of teachers) learned some great moves and were educated on the history and concepts behind different martial art systems.
Doug Beale III Fourth Annual Kick-A-Thon
March 21st, 2009
We are proud to continue on in the tradition of honoring Doug and helping our students. The fourth annual Doug Beale III Kick-A-Thon was held on March 21st, 2009 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Last year’s funds provided 54 months worth of help to students that had some financial difficulty throughout the year.
Doug’s mom and dad were present at this event, as they have been for every event since the inception of the scholarship program, and they helped support the event. 77 people were in attendance… 39 kickers… 21,287 total kicks thrown in one hour… Noah Schoem set a new school record by kicking 2193 kicks in one hour (beating the old record set by Chris Collazo of 2060 kicks)… and we raised over $1900 for the scholarship fund. Thank you all very much for helping us celebrate and honor Doug’s memory while continuing the scholarship fund!
DOUG BEALE III Third Annual KICK-A-THON
April 26th, 2008
We held the Doug Beale III kickathon. Over 20,000 kicks were thrown. More than 50 people participated, and we raised over $2,000 for the scholarship fund. I sincerely thank those of you who participated!
DOUG BEALE III Second Annual KICK-A-THON
March 24th, 2007
On March 24th, we had our second annual kickathon to support the Doug Beale III Memorial Scholarship Program. Participants who were involved for the second year in a row were: Billy Lavallee, Zenun Potka, Michael Golden, Peter Pinto, Darin Reisler, Miguel Cordero, and Alberto Collazo, First year kickers were: Erica Boyd, Eric O’Grady, Max O’Grady, Jackie O’Grady, Cassie, Shawna, David, Joanne Serrano, Barbara Brzostek, Collin Lieberman, Brian Harries, Travis Johnson, Nekaybaw Johnson, and Xianni Santiago, . Others assisted and/or donated but were unable to attend the event. Members from Doug’s family also came and provided Gatorades to participants.
About 20,000 kicks were thrown and nearly $2,500 was raised (doubling last year’s total) to help continue the scholarship in Doug’s memory! A new kicking record was also set: both Zenun Potka and Miguel Cordero kicked 1,750 kicks each in just one hour! (A group picture of many participants may be seen if you click here:
Second Annual Kickathon Picture
Donations will continue to be accepted, and we hope to have the scholarship program in effect for years to come! To all those who participated and obtained pledge support… THANK YOU!
One of our student’s parents (Ms. Karen Porter… who is actually a parent to two of our students… Collin and Nicholas helped us initiate and run a coat drive. Many coats were donated, and Ms. Porter spear-headed the event. Thank you Ms. Porter!
DOUG BEALE III KICK-A-THON
MAY 20th, 2006
We decided to create a special scholarship program in honor of Doug, who was one of our most dedicated students, and was tragically killed in a traffic collision on March 25th, 2006.
We hosted a “kick-a-thon” on Saturday, May 20th, 2006 as a fundraiser to help initiate the scholarship program, which was put in place to help underprivileged folks in our community take martial arts lessons.
In addition, we dedicated the heavy bag station in our dojo to Doug and started a library in his memory. His picture, along with a few words, are posted on the wall by the heavy bag station.
Donations are continually being accepted and may be sent to Plus One Defense Systems, with a note that they are for the “Doug Beale III Scholarship Program”. (The address is in the “Contact” section.)
In November of 2005 we held a food drive to contribute to those in need in our local area. The drive was a huge success and we donated quite a bit of food and monetary donations to Miracle World Outreach Ministries- a local church that meets at Plus One on Sundays.
Kicks For A Cause
A number of our students and staff kicked and broke boards to raise money for the Bridge Family Center- a local non-profit that works with youth and families in the West Hartford area. Over $500 was raised.