Yogathon to benefit American Cancer Society

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Yogathon benefits Relay for Life team Yogathon benefits Relay for Life team

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – One local Relay for Life team is looking for supporters who want to stretch themselves for a good cause.

 The Slim’s Butterscotchers are hosting a daylong yogathon in Egg Harbor Township Saturday, May 3 to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

 The event, called “Are you Down to Fight Cancer?” will feature a variety of yoga classes taught by instructors representing many local yoga studios. The more challenging power flow series, as well as slow flow and yin yoga will be offered. The fundraiser will carry over to an after-party at Clancy’s By the Bay restaurant in Somers Point that evening.

 Team organizer Jody Simon said she formed and named the team in honor and remembrance of her dad, Stanley “Slim” Kowalczyk, who passed away on Feb. 13, 2013. 

 “My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer in March 1993 at the age of 69,” she said. “After his surgery, he was cancer-free for 17 years. However, in 2010 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In 2012, the cancer had metastasized and had begun spreading throughout his spine, lung and lymph nodes.”

 “The name 'Slim's Butterscotchers' fit because my dad's nickname was 'Slim' and he loved butterscotch candies. He was always known to have them on hand, keeping them in his pockets as well as his truck,” said Simon, who is devoted yoga student and teaches a weekly children’s yoga class at Grace and Glory Yoga in Northfield.

 Fellow yoga teacher Jessica Schultz-Compton helped coordinate the event to raise money for the team’s participation in the Relay for Life event in Linwood on June 13.

 “The Yogathon will have a variety of yoga styles and pilates taught by local yoga teachers who are donating their time. People can come to as many or as few classes as they would like,” Simon said. “The Clancy's After Party will include music, food and cash bar, along with a variety of raffles from local businesses.”

 People who are unable to participate or not interested in yoga can join the fundraiser at Clancy’s at 6 p.m. for raffles and food with a $10 donation. A cash bar will be available.

The yoga schedule is:

8 a.m., Baptiste Flow with Kiersten Gant of Grace and Glory Yoga;

9:15 a.m., Power Flow with Jessica Schultz of Breathe;

10:30 a.m., Pilates with Marlena Baylinson of Breathe;

11:45 a.m., Vinyasa Flow with Melissa Goldstein of N.J. Yoga Zone;

1 p.m., Slow Flow with Julie Goebel Schock of Yoga Dog and Myoga;

2:15 p.m., Power Vinyasa with Tracy Wilson of Yoga Dog; and

3:30 p.m., Yin Yoga with Becky Lyons of Fitness Yoga, Laughing Buddha and Power Yogi.


“Are you Down to Fight Cancer?” Yogathon

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3

Scullville Volunteer Fire Company Fire Hall

1708 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, EHT

$30 donation (benefits American Cancer Society)

Includes daylong yoga classes and food at Clancy’s in evening

Call 609-241-5059 or purchase tickets at the door

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