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Crabapple raises $4,296 for charity

Posted by on Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Crabapple Dojo breaks 900 boards and raises $4,296 for North Fulton Community Charities
The Dojo American Karate Centers of Crabapple teamed up with North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) to host a “Break-A-Thon” fund raising event and raised $4,296 to aid families in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell. On November 19th over 900 boards were broken for dollar pledges during a spectacular 5 hour exhibition at the Dojo. Each Dojo student got a chance to break up to 20 real wood boards to help “Break Through Hunger”. For three weeks leading up to the event the students volunteered their time and contacted family, friends and neighbors to ask for pledges. The donors promised a dollar amount for each board that was broken that day. According to Vonda Malbrough, the Development Director for NFCC, "We are very grateful to the Dojo and its students. This is a sizable donation for a small business and it's the first donation from any martial arts school in the 28 year history of the organization." NFCC sees an average of 115 families a day to provide aid with rent, utilities, medical expenses, transportation and other basic needs on an emergency basis. So far in 2011 NFCC has provided over $1,116,000 in financial assistance to more than 5,089 families. With this initial event being such a success, the Dojo will continue partnering with NFCC in 2012. Mr.Teron Harvey, the Director of the Crabapple Dojo, stated “The martial arts are more than just kicking and punching. It’s about giving back not only in teaching but also in your community efforts.” Over the years the Dojo has made a real impact in the community by forming several philanthropic partnerships to support the Roswell area with annual food drives, Toys for Tots, silent auctions while volunteering time to many schools and churches as well.

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