After a one-year hiatus during renovations of its fitness center, Sea Colony will grease up their wheels once again when “Ride for Delaware Hospice” makes its return to the newly revamped facility near Bethany Beach later this month.
“We’re excited. It’s kind of a big deal,” said Freeman Fitness Center Manager Michael Pitts. “Delaware Hospice gets really into it. They send representatives; the CEO comes by; they spend time handing things out and talking to people about what they do.”
Previously raising money for causes such as lymphoma, the ride switched gears to make Delaware Hospice the beneficiary three years ago, after Pitts experienced the organization’s impact firsthand and realized their need for support.
“The day after, I came in and said, ‘Jen, we have to do something for them,’” Pitt said of his first experience with Delaware Hospice, when two of his family members afflicted by cancer were cared for there in same year. “The need was there. It just meant a lot to me to be able to try and help.”
Receiving no government funding and running solely on donations, Pitt went on to explain, Delaware Hospice depends entirely on events like the one at Sea Colony to be able to keep its doors open.
And when the doors open at the Freeman Fitness Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, local residents will get a chance to help continue to make that possible with four spin sessions spanning from 8 a.m. to noon.
The 45-minute sessions will feature certified local spin instructors, including Cindy Smith, Jen Dieste, Kathy Brown and the always festively-fashioned Mary Harmon — who’s become known for stealing the show at the Fenwick Island Turkey Trot costume contest.
That’s the type of energy that Pitt said the day is all about, pedaled along with lively music, raffles for a chance to win prizes and gift certificates donated by local restaurants, and the “mirror wall,” where participants are encouraged to display inspirational messages or share experiences of how Delaware Hospice has impacted a loved one by writing on the wall throughout the day.
“Without our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to do this,” Pitt said. “They make this all possible.”
The Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony is located one mile west of Route 1 and the Sea Colony Market Place.