PORTSMOUTH – Local fitness entrepreneur Liz Forkel, owner of LizFit at the Spinnaker Point Recreation Center, and the entire LizFit team of instructors are thrilled to announce this year's weeklong fundraising event Spinning Generosity has raised nearly $50,000 for seven local nonprofits.

“We've been preparing for our 8th annual Spinning Generosity for months, and now have another incredibly successful week (our highest-earning week ever) under our belts!” Forkel said.

For seven consecutive days in December, Forkel focuses her energy on raising money as well as awareness for seven area nonprofits, one spin class at a time. Forkel, a Portsmouth resident, has been voted the Seacoast’s best Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Center and Fitness Center. Not surprisingly, Forkel was a 2017 recipient of a PPMTV Inspiration Award for her dedication to the Seacoast community.

The 2018 Spinning Generosity campaign started on Monday, Dec. 10 and concluded on Sunday, Dec. 16. For one spin class each day, participants came together to have a great workout and support one of the seven organizations that help so many on the Seacoast. The charities chosen for 2018 were the Dover Children’s Home, Community Toolbox, Girls on the Run, End 68 Hours of Hunger, Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth, Families First and HAVEN.

LizFitters old and new hopped on the bikes (some of them up to five times) during this fundraising week and worked hard while having fun and giving back to seven incredible organizations that are changing our Seacoast community for the better.

The grand total of money raised after 7 days was $49, 658.00, exceeding this year's goal of $43,000 by $7,000.

Day 1: Dover Children's Home raised $3,320

Day 2: Community Toolbox raised $11,505

Day 3: Girls On The Run raised $5,043

Day 4: End 68 Hours of Hunger raised $7,058

Day 5: Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth raised $5,560

Day 6: Families First raised $9,522

Day 7: HAVEN raised $7,650

Every day riders brought much festive energy to the event, with sparkling costumes, holiday headwear and genuine giving spirits. Organization leaders spoke at the beginning of each class to educate participants about each charity, and learn how the money raised during the week was going to benefit their endeavors and contribute to neighbors in need.

“Every year we have a blast, and each year seems to somehow get better than the year before,” said Forkel. “We're not sure how it's even possible. We can be sure of one thing though, and that is our generous LizFit community. Whether an individual has been spinning with us for years, or it was his or her first time ever experiencing a spin class, the generosity that oozes from each ride is incredibly inspiring. We feel so grateful to be a part of this celebration of giving.”

“To our riders, the organizations we ride for, the Spinnaker team, the talented team at LizFit, and to everyone who has sent in a donation, thank you so much for being part of our 8th annual Spinning Generosity," Forkel said. "This event is successful because we all come together for the greater good of our community.”