501 (c) (3)
Hello Facebook community,
As Covid-19 continues to become an impediment for many businesses (big and small), I wanted to take this opportunity to ask my Facebook community for their help. I have been a member of Bergen Fencing Club for 14 years. My coach, Oleg Stetsiv, has brought me to new heights and opened doors for me and my fellow club mates beyond what I thought was capable. It is because of this club, its staff, and its members, that I can safely say I am a strong contender for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Unfortunately, with the battles of Covid-19 (loss of significant funds from inability to hold classes, memberships and lessons), Bergen Fencing Club has had to move locations and downgrade in size significantly. While our space is limited, we are able to make do with what we have. However, our strips are very outdated. Without the necessary padding and up to date materials, athletes can be easily injured (not to mention the long term joint damage). We are in dire need of new strips in order to get through the upcoming season. The challenges of training under these conditions are tough, and we are asking you to make a donation to help keep our training as safe and effective as possible.
Any small amount will be appreciated and will make a difference! It would mean the world to me knowing that we can help give back to a club that has given me and so many other athletes so much. All donations will be tax deductable, as everything will go straight to the club's nonprofit, which has 501 (c) (3) status. If applicable, please consider asking employers to match donations!
Thanks very much!