Fitness center to host benefit for disabled resident
- Written by Robert Kleeman
– Event will feature barbecue, activities – Atascocita resident Stan Holland’s life changed after a near-death accident at a stoplight in October 2006. He fell into a coma, required 16 surgeries and spent 17 months in the hospital [Tribune, 9-5-07]. With medical bills, a mortgage, daily expenses and a house that does not accommodate Holland’s wheelchair, the owner of an area fitness club wants to raise money for the cause. Kyle Bauer, founder of QLS Family Fitness, hopes to raise $20,000 for Holland at a Bingo Benefit Luau Aug. 8. Anyone can attend, but interested parties are asked to RSVP before Aug. 7. The event, which will start at 6 p.m. at the fitness facility, will feature barbecue, karaoke and limbo contests, Bingo, a bake sale, and a silent auction. Bauer started the Children’s Fitness Foundation in 1989 to help local children affected by serious injuries or illnesses. The organization has built handicapped accesses to homes, bought medical supplies and computers, and found physicians willing to donate their time, said Nola Hnatiuk, a spokeswoman for the club. The foundation also picks an area resident each year for whom to raise funds through a benefit. “Our goal is to use these funds to purchase much-needed equipment for Stan to aid in rebuilding muscle tissue and strength,” she said. “Anyone is welcome to come to the event; they do not have to be a member.” Organizers expect 350 to 400 people to attend, Hnatiuk said. QLS is located at 20515 W. Lake Houston Parkway To RSVP, call the club’s front desk at 281-812-6963. Attendees can purchase barbecue plates and Bingo cards for $5 donations each. Photo: The event will feature barbecue, karaoke and limbo contests, Bingo, and much more.