Networking Club Sells Workout Gear To Benefit Dog Rescue

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This weekend's workout gear sale to raise money for dog rescue organization A New Chance is open to the public. Kathy Boyle called upon her local business networking group the Chapin Hill Breakfast Club to help arrange the sale. Photo Credit: Kathy Boyle

KATONAH, N.Y. ‒ Kathy Boyle, president of the investment planning company Chapin Hill Advisors, is calling upon members of her business networking group to hold a sale open to the public this weekend to raise money for the dog rescue organization A New Chance.

Friends who own a tennis club in the Hamptons have agreed to let her sell hundreds of items from their excess stock of men's, women's and kids’ yoga, tennis, running and  workout apparel and shoes for 35 percent to 40 percent off retail price, and “five percent [of the profits] is going right to the animals," Boyle said.

The public is invited to purchase clothes and gear displayed Friday, Dec. 21, and Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Gym at Bodyfit in Cross River, owned by Mary and Mike Tedsco. Items include big name brands like Nux, MPG, Adidas, New Balance, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Asics, Lija, Gigi and more.

In 2006, Boyle, who lives in Pound Ridge, opened a second office in Katonah for her investment planning firm in Manhattan. She created the Chapin Hill Breakfast Club as way to network in her new community. The club started with 13 people and has grown to over 200 local business owners and professionals from Bedford, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Yorktown, Cross River and elsewhere.

Once a month, Boyle hosts a networking breakfast in a different member-owned retail store and personally cooks a gourmet vegetarian breakfast for those attending. At each breakfast, Boyle raises money for a different local charitable organization.

"Everybody involved in the sale is part of the Breakfast Club," Boyle said.

Breakfast Club member Sharon Silverman founded A New Chance animal rescue a year ago, and runs the foster program out of her home. An animal lover and activist, Boyle has helped them locally place 85 dogs in loving homes, saving them from high kill shelters.

At Friday and Saturday's workout gear sales event, “They also invited a massage therapist to do 10-minute massages for the same hours I’m there,” Boyle said, and there will also be a stylist from Sollia Salon on hand to do free blow outs.

Boyle also came up with a raffle to benefit A New Chance that will run through Dec. 30. Local merchants from the breakfast club have donated prizes and will put out raffle boxes in several locations.

Prizes include dinner for two at Cafe of Love in Mount Kisco, a complete makeover by Beauty on Location, a one-hour massage by Dina Dunaway healing massage, a Tiffany lamp from Bedford Lighting, and a cut and blow dry from Sollia Salon. Tickets cost $5 each or six tickets for $25.

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