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Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping recently marked an incredible milestone reaching 15 years in business! To celebrate, we wanted to give back to the communities that helped us and our members become so successful!

We held a six-round bracket charity challenge from February 28 - March 30, modeled like the NCAA tournament, with all Farrell’s locations across 10 states. Each Farrell’s location submitted a local charity for the chance to receive a $5,000 donation from Farrell’s Corporate.

We had an amazing turnout of voters and very close rounds, but we are excited to announce the winner of our Farrell's Charity Bracket Challenge is Altoona Kids Cafe who was submitted by our Farrell's Altoona, Iowa location.

We want to thank everyone who participated in this challenge, both in and outside of our gyms. We can't wait to see the positive impact this $5,000 will have on this organization.

Of course, all organizations need support. Below is the list of the charities submitted from each Farrell's location
if you are looking for some great causes to support.

Altoona Kids Cafe

The mission of Altoona Kids Cafe is to provide a variety of fun learning opportunities, enrichment and a healthy lunch to students in the SE Polk community during the summer months. Children will have the opportunity to work through grade-based curriculum, focusing on academic achievement and goal setting, healthy living, life skills, STEM and literacy.

Learn more: http://www.altoonakidscafe.com/

Submitted By: Farrell's Altoona, IA

American Red Cross - Iowa

By helping people learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens communities and readies them for all types of disasters, including home fires, tornadoes, winter storms and health emergencies. More than 1,300 volunteers ensure that the Red Cross fulfills its mission. The Iowa Region serves 2.8 million people across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

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Submitted By:
Farrell's Johnston, IA

Big Brothers Big Sisters - Mississippi Valley

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Bettendorf, IA

Brighter Tomorrows

Founded and established by families who have faced childhood cancer themselves, Brighter Tomorrows exists to bring families together who have encountered a childhood cancer diagnosis. We understand because we have faced the same fears, asked the same questions, and grasped for the same hope necessary to survive each day of this long, and most often, difficult journey.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Rochester, MN

Charitable Housewives

We are a diverse group of women,friends, and families who come from a variety of backgrounds that share in the common goal of putting energy to good use by helping others! We love to volunteer/fund raise for organizations or people in need. We believe the power of a few can make a HUGE positive impact overall. We are motivated by the emotional boost we receive from doing good together and the joy of helping a ” little bit” at a time!
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Submitted By: Farrell's Maple Grove, MN

City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control

Whether your puppy has lost its way or an animal needs a home, the City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control is here to help. A division of the Department of Public Works, Animal Care and Control operates the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter and is the primary provider of animal-related services for Bloomington and Monroe County.

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Submitted By:
Farrell's Bloomington, IN

Cornbelt AMBUCS

Cornbelt AMBUCS, founded in 1982, is a non-profit service organization, 501 (C)(3), dedicated to “Creating Mobility and Independence for People with Disabilities” in McLean County, IL. From the beginning we focused on community service by building wheelchair ramps, giving AmTrykes (Therapeutic Tricycles), and scholarships for therapists.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Bloomington, IL

Elk River Police Department Night to Unite Campaign

Night to Unite is a unique opportunity for the police department and the residents to unite and promote community involvement in the areas of public safety and crime prevention.

Learn More: http://www.elkrivermn.gov/index.aspx?NID=237

Submitted By:
Farrell's Albertville, MN
Farrell's Elk River, MN

Friendship Home of Lincoln

Friendship Home exists to support, shelter and advocate for victims of domestic violence and their children. It is Friendship Home’s vision that someday the need for our services will cease to exist, that domestic violence will not be tolerated by anyone in the community and that homes will be places of love, support and safety.

Learn More: http://www.friendshiphome.org/#

Submitted By: Farrell's Lincoln, NE - Lucile

Hope 4 Youth

HOPE 4 Youth, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Anoka, Minnesota, meets the basic needs of young people (ages 23 and under) experiencing homelessness and those at-risk of becoming homeless in the north metro Twin Cities including all of Anoka County and parts of Hennepin County.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Brooklyn Park, MN

Iowa State University Foundation

The Iowa State University Foundation is charged with the rewarding task of fundraising for the university. Together, we work as a team to expertly match our donors’ passions with Iowa State’s needs. Whether through scholarship support, funding leading-edge facilities, creating new opportunities, or recruiting the best faculty, we find new ways to move Iowa State University forward.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Ames, IA

Midwest Animal Rescue & Services

The MARS Community is amazing and in our 10 year history, together we have saved over 14,000 lives! In our continued efforts to improve companion animal care and rescue, we have a small but dedicated staff that supports the needs of our volunteers and the animals that our whole community cares for.

Learn More: http://www.midwestanimalrescue.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Eden Prairie, MN

Please Pass the Love

We are committed to increasing school-based mental health supports to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children, families, and educators as well as offer more comprehensive services and supports to school systems. We strive to bridge positive relationships between the educational and mental health communities to more effectively prevent and address mental health issues for our children and adolescents throughout the state of Iowa.

Learn More: http://www.pleasepassthelove.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Grimes, IA

Puppy Jake Foundation

Based out of Des Moines, IA, we select, train and place our service dogs with brave wounded warriors. Puppy Jake Foundation also provides resources for the advocacy, awareness and acceptability in public for those that require the assistance of a service dog. All funds are raised through grass-roots efforts including charity events, corporate sponsors and individual contributions.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Ankeny, IA - South

Salvation Army Waterloo

We Are a place where hope replaces despair, where the lonely find a friend, and where the hurting, the suffering, the poor, and the needy are met with dignity and love. We are dedicated to providing services with compassion and an understanding that at some point we all need a bit of help.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Cedar Valley, IA

St. Jude Affiliate

The Jim and Trudy Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic was established in Peoria in 1972 as the first St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital affiliate clinic and is currently a joint effort of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Children’s Hospital of Illinois, and the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Peoria.

Learn More: https://www.stjude.org/treatment/affiliate-clinics/peoria-illinois.html

Submitted By:
Farrell's East Peoria, IL
Farrell's Peoria, IL

Wounded Warrior Project

With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

Learn More: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Omaha, NE - West Dodge

Amanda the Panda

Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center in West Des Moines, Iowa offers the most comprehensive and ongoing services for children, teens, adults and families struggling with a death of a loved one in the state of Iowa.

Learn More: https://amandathepanda.org/

Submitted By:
Farrell's West Des Moines, IA - Ashworth

Farrell's Urbandale, IA

Animal Rescue League

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is Iowa's largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through its programs, which include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more. Our mission is to promote animal welfare, strengthen the human-animal bond, and prevent the overpopulation of pets.

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Submitted By:
Farrell's Waukee, IA

Big Brothers Big Sisters - Cedar Rapids

As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.

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Submitted By:
Farrell's Cedar Rapids, IA - Boyson
Farrell's Cedar Rapids, IA - Edgewood
Farrell's Cedar Rapids, IA - C Street

Can Do Canines

Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. We envision a future in which every person who needs and wants an assistance dog can have one. Your support provides freedom, independence and peace of mind to people with disabilities. Each assistance dog is provided free of charge.

Learn More: http://can-do-canines.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Lino Lakes, MN

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

We believe children are the most amazing people on earth—and that drives us to do everything we can to live up to the privilege of caring for them. At Children’s our mission is: We champion the health needs of children and families. We are committed to improving children’s health by providing the highest-quality, family-centered care, advanced through research and education.

Learn More: https://www.childrensmn.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Blaine, MN

Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association

A small group of parents founded the CSDSA in 1989, and more than 20 years later we remain dedicated to encouraging fellowship and sense-of-community amongst our families. We continue our mission to inform and empower our families while promoting community awareness of the dignity, promise, and potential of all people with Down syndrome.

Learn More: http://csdsa.org/

Submitted By:
Farrell's Colorado Springs, CO - West
Farrell's Colorado Springs, CO - East
Farrell's Colorado Springs, CO - South

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Omaha, NE - R Plaza

Feed My Starving Children

Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Our process is simple. Donations given by people just like you fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!

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Submitted By: Farrell's Eagan, MN

H2O For Life

H2O for Life provides a service-learning opportunity for schools in the United States that helps teachers and students raise awareness about the global water crisis while taking action to provide funds for a water, sanitation, and hygiene education project for a partner school in the developing world. H2O for Life’s service-learning opportunities are designed to engage, educate, and inspire youth to become global citizens.

Learn More: https://www.h2oforlifeschools.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's White Bear Lake, MN

Hope House

Hope House is a private, nonprofit residence located in a quiet Stillwater neighborhood for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Nestled in a wooded hollow, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a gently flowing stream, Hope House provides more than housing. It provides a home-like environment conducive to holistic care.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Stillwater, MN

Jerry Walker Fund-Guns & Hoses of North Texas

The missions of Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas is to show our respect and gratitude for first responders lost in the line of duty. We are dedicated to provide monetary support for the families of fallen first responders in the hour of need. The Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas has officially opened the Benevolence Fund to help assist the family of fallen Detective Jerry Walker.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Little Elm, TX

MN Paws

MN PAWS is a nonprofit animal advocacy group focused on the rescue and rehoming of shelter dogs from targeted communities around the country. Our goal is to pull adoptable dogs from these shelters, and place them into foster homes until forever homes can be found. MN PAWS supports our chosen shelters with funding for spay/neuter initiatives, and donations to improve the conditions and quality of life for the sheltered animals.

Learn More: http://www.mnpaws.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Forest Lake, MN

Project Angel Heart

Project Angel Heart was founded in 1991 to address major challenges facing Coloradans living with a life-threatening illness—getting the nutrition they need to get stronger and remain independent in their homes. Our mission is to deliver nutritious meals to improve quality of life, at no cost, for those coping with life-threatening illness.

Learn More: https://www.projectangelheart.org/

Submitted By:
Farrell's Denver, CO
Farrell's Centennial, CO

Ronald McDonald House - Central Iowa

Since 1974, our network of local Chapters have been making children happier and healthier by keeping families together – giving them a place to rest and refresh. A place that feels like home. Since 1974, RMHC has helped address these needs every day, with 305,000 volunteers and staff members.

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Submitted By:
Farrell's West Des Moines, IA - EP True

SouthSide Cares

SouthSide Cares is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 by a group of south side, Des Moines, IA residents to help those families afflicted by cancer and other chronic medical issues. Our organization has raised thousands of dollars to help those in need. Our annual benefits, tournaments and other events help us help those that need it most.

Learn More: http://www.sscdsm.org/home.html

Submitted By:
Farrell's Des Moines, IA - Southside

Susan G. Komen - Minnesota

Susan G. Komen® Minnesota- along with those who generously support us with their talent, time and resources- is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. e join more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer.

Learn More: http://www.komenminnesota.org

Submitted By:
Farrell's Andover, MN

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter

As Iowa's largest provider of emergency services for youth, newborn through age 17, YESS touches the lives of more than 2,000 children per year through a range of programs, including emergency shelter, crisis nursery care, crisis intervention and stabilization, mental health counseling and therapy, and care coordination.

Learn More: http://www.yessiowa.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Ankeny, IA - North

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy.

Learn more: http://www.lung.org/about-us/local-associations/minnesota.html

Submitted By: Farrell's New Hope, MN

Barium Springs Children's Home

Children’s Hope Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a long history of child advocacy and welfare dating back over 125 years. Last year, Children’s Hope Alliance helped more than 3,600 children and families across North Carolina. All of the programs and services we provide create hope for hurting children and families in three ways: healing the hurt, providing a safe home and encouraging a healthy start.

Learn More: https://www.childrenshopealliance.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Mooresville, NC

Big Brothers Big Sisters - Johnson County

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18.

Learn More: http://www.bbbsjc.org/

Submitted By:
Farrell's Coralville, IA
Farrell's Iowa City, IA

CASA for Lancaster County

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Lancaster County is a local not-for-profit organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children in the court system so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. We recruit, train and support local community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children in Juvenile Court.

Learn More: http://www.casa4lancaster.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Lincoln, NE - Jamie

Children's Tumor Foundation/Team Owen

This Team Owen Facebook page is to support Owen who has Neurofibromatosis (NF), and to spread awareness of the condition. NF is a genetic condition that occurs in 1:3000 births, however, few people have ever heard of it. NF effects everyone differently with no definite progression, no effective treatments and no cure.

Learn More: http://www.ctf.org/

Team Owen Facebook Page

Submitted By: Farrell's Parker, CO

Columbus Fireman’s Cheer Fund

The Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund is known as the oldest charity in Bartholomew County that depends solely on public donations for its existence. The Cheer Fund is coordinated through the efforts of the City of Columbus Firemen, with the assistance from a volunteer Board of Directors. Each year it depends on volunteer contributions from the public to reach a monetary goal for the purchase of new toys and food for underprivileged children in Bartholomew County.

Learn More: http://cheerfund.com/

Submitted By: Farrell's Columbus, IN

Dress for Success
Des Moines

Dress for Success Des Moines responds to the needs of our communities by providing programs that help economically disadvantaged women acquire jobs, retain their new positions and succeed in the mainstream workplace.

Learn More: https://desmoines.dressforsuccess.org/

Submitted By:
Farrell's Des Moines, IA - Beaverdale

FIT Girl Inc.

In June 2015, FITGirl Founder & Executive Director Cheri Dickmeyer, felt the local community was in need of a summer camp that focused on both fitness and empowerment for teen girls. At FITGirl, Inc. our mission is to empower young girls as they develop and mature by demonstrating positive lifestyle choices; physical, mental, relational and nutritional. Our programs are designed to develop their abilities, equip them with life skills and help them gain confidence.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Omaha, NE - Midtown

Habitat For Humanity - Dubuque

Dubuque/Jackson Counties Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

Learn More: http://habitatdubuque.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Dubuque, IA

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

Interfaith Outreach is a human service nonprofit serving struggling families and individuals in the Twin Cities. Interfaith Outreach rallies resources and ignites the community to ensure all families live their best lives, all children succeed and the entire region prospers.

Learn More: http://www.iocp.org/

Submitted By: Farrell's Plymouth, MN

Lungs4Life Foundation

Lungs4Life Foundation Inc. was created in April of 2015. Our hope is to raise awareness that non-smokers CAN get lung cancer too. We have partnered with the new Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center being built on the UNMC campus in Omaha. The funds we raise are being donated to the cancer center specifically for lung cancer research right here in the state of Nebraska.

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Submitted By:
Farrell's Bellevue, NE
Farrell's LaVista, NE
Farrell's Omaha, NE Northwest

Open Arms of Minnesota

We believe that food is medicine, and our work matters to the health outcomes of our clients. With the help of over 5,400 volunteers, we’ll deliver more than 600,000 delicious meals this year to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), as well as their caregivers and dependents.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Shoreview, MN

Project Fierce Chicago

Project Fierce Chicago is a grassroots collective of radical social workers, youth advocates and other community members who are working together to establish community-driven, identity-affirming housing in Chicago. Project Fierce’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing transitional housing and support services to LGBTQ-identified young adults.

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Submitted By: Farrell's Chicago, IL

Ronald McDonald House of South Dakota

We cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, but we can help lessen the burden and ensure that all the families that stay at RMHC have the stability and resources they need to get, and keep, their child healthy and happy.

Learn More: http://www.rmhcsouthdakota.org/

Submitted By:
Farrell's Sioux Falls, SD - Kings Crossing
Farrell's Sioux Falls, SD - Sycamore

SoWashCo Cares

Help our students and families in need in South Washington County, MN. Donate time. Donate food. Donate stuff. Everything goes directly to those who need it! The goal of SoWashCo CARES (Community Action Reaching Every Student) is to have our community help our community! 

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Submitted By: Farrell's Woodbury, MN

The Salvation Army of Dane County

For over 126 years, the Madison Corps has offered spiritual ministry, social services, and youth programs to thousands of Dane County residents annually without discrimination. We currently serve the most vulnerable members of our community through a wide range of programs, as well as extensive case management services.

Learn More: http://www.salvationarmydanecounty.org/

Submitted By:
Farrell's Madison, WI
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