May 16, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

How A Fitness Studio Is Supporting Underrepresented Students At Sonoma State University

2 min read

April 2, 2021

A local fitness studio is providing a donation-based outdoor barre class to raise funds for Sonoma State’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), helping disadvantaged students succeed.

On Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m., at Barbieri Brothers Park, The Dailey Method Healdsburg will host a hybrid fitness class combining pilates, yoga, and strength training — otherwise known as barre. Proceeds from the course will be donated to Sonoma State’s EOP, which provides access, academic support, and transitional services to minorities, underrepresented, and first-generation students.

“Ongoing active awareness is the first step in cultivating change. As a local business, we feel it is our community duty to embrace active awareness and acknowledge the uncomfortable,” said Catherine Ziegler, the owner of The Dailey Method Healdsburg – Barre + Cycle Studio. “We intend to empower individuals to become their most vibrant and authentic selves through a mind/body transformation within a compassionate and supportive community.”

The fund has already reached its minimum goal, with The Dailey Method Healdsburg announcing it has matched a donation of $1,000. They will donate the funds to the EOP’s Aurelio Saucedo Scholarship fund awarded to an EOP freshman every year. Every dollar donated will allow EOP to provide vital academic and financial assistance to first-year students overcoming academic success barriers.

The suggested minimum donation for people taking the barre class is $20, and you must register in advance via Mindbody. To donate, and for more information, visit GoFundMe.* Please contact Amal Munayer if you have any further questions.

*Donations to GoFundMe will not be eligible for a tax receipt from SSU’s Advancement office. Interested donors may donate directly to the Educational Opportunity Program Aurelio Saucedo Scholarship via SSU’s online giving website.


This press release was produced by Sonoma State University. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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