Fun Summer Events at UMAC!

Dear Parents:

I would like to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who came to our kick-a-thon this past Saturday and also to everyone who has supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital throughout the year by purchasing water, coffee, pizzelle cookies, cookbooks, raffle tickets etc. Every dollar counts and we couldn’t do this without you. Thank you so much for all your help.

Please remember to pass in all donations to St. Jude on or before Friday July 15th. If anyone wants to still register and fundraise – here is the link to our St. Jude page http://bit.ly/1UErRyz

UMAC will be closed in observance of 4th of July
Saturday July 2nd through Saturday July 9th – Classes will resume on Monday July 11th at 4:00 p.m. You can make up classes at anytime during the length of your program.

Fun Pajama Classes Friday July 15th at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday July 16th at 10:00 am
We love planning fun classes for our kids at UMAC!

You can wear your pj’s and bring a stuffed animal with you to class.We will play games and do a fun cookie decorating. Everyone who attends will get a summer prize!

Summer Camps! Belt Boot Camp is Monday July 18th  ~ Friday July 22nd 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This camp is  for children ages 5 & up and  All Belt levels. Students will train during the camp week for 4 hours & at the end of the week they will earn 3 Belt Stripes. Students will graduate to the next belt level at the end of camp. We will be teaching sword and iron body form during camp. Graduation will be held at U.M.A.C. on Friday July 22nd at NOON  where students will receive their new belt and a certificate of rank. Camp ends at 4:00 p.m. and you can stay for classes with a 6:00 p.m. pick up at no extra cost. We still have a 2 spots open for July if anyone is interested – please let me know by responding to this email

Cake for Sifu Anthony’s Birthday! Thursday July 28th at 6:00 p.m.
Join us after class to celebrate Sifu Anthony’s  birthday – we will have a cake for him at 6:00 p.m.

FUN Camp is Monday Aug 22nd ~Aug 26th 8:45 am to 4:00 p.m.
Fun Camp – we will  do some cooking in Sifu Rita’s Kitchen at the DCAT studio in Danvers, play board games, puzzles, watch movies and do a hike with Sifu Anthony. We will also be creating games for a school carnival and the students who stay for class will be helping Sifu during our  Carnival Class days – we will have balloons, pop corn, crafts and play games during the class times. Camp ends at 4:00 p.m. and you can stay for classes with a 6:00 p.m. pick up at no extra cost. We still have 6 spots open for August if anyone is interested – please let me know by responding to this email

Carnival Class Days – Thursday August 25th & Friday August 26th at 5:00 p.m.
Another fun summer class – this time we have a Carnival theme – come to class and  play games, win prizes, balloons, popcorn and cookies for everyone.

New Class added to the schedule!  Starting Tuesday August 30th we will now have classes at 4:00 p.m.

Creating a Successful Mind Save the date! Master Life Line Instructor Dean Schaefer will be here to teach a great seminar on Saturday September 24th from 11:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Thank you!

Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale Head Instructor, 3rd Degree Black Belt
United Martial Arts Center for Health & Well Being
New Location! 10 School Street, 2nd Floor
Danvers MA 01923 
(978) 762-0454
http://www.danversmartialarts.com

“Martial Arts is what you get to do,  it’s not what we teach.”

 

 

 

Danvers martial arts studio shows its commitment to charity

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Posted Jul. 24, 2015 at 10:30 AM
By Melissa Kintish
danvers@wickedlocal.com
DANVERS

  Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale received a call from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee back in 2001 asking if she wanted to take part in Martial Arts for St. Jude, an effort to raise funds and awareness for the hospital.

Sifu Rita along with her husband Sifu Anthony,  run United Martial Arts Center at 20 Locust St. in Danvers and decided it was a perfect way to help their students grow leadership skills and a mindset for giving back.

With more than 50 students as well as staff  taking part in volunteering efforts, Sifu Rita has made great strides since that 2001 conversation with the hospital. Sifu Rita and her students organizing numerous events throughout the year and find creative ways to bring in donations.

During the recent Endicott Park Day, one of the Danvers Family Festival events, the students and the center’s staff  collected enough to push them over $10,000 mark for the year.

“They knocked it out of the park,” she said that they collected more than $580 during the Endicott Park Day.

A new and popular attraction was a photo booth where children could pose in front of superheroes while, for a donation, their parents took photos.

 “It’s a lot of fun and keeps us excited,” said Sifu Rita.

Sifu Rita  praised her students for their enthusiasm and commitment towards the cause.

“I’m really proud,” she said. “We’re not a huge studio and don’t have many kids but the ones we have are special. They care and are dedicated, and try to make a difference. They want to be part of something.”

During a Volunteer Appreciation Day, Sifu Rita was invited to Memphis, Tenn., and witnessed first-hand what the hospital was doing and where the money was going.

“When I physically saw how committed they are to what they do, I decided we need to do this all year,” she explained.

Since then Sifu Rita and her students have been intent on finding interesting and unique ways to fund raise all through the year.

 This past  winter, they screened the movie “Polar Express” at a school, while selling cookies and hot cocoa. The space and cocoa were donated and Sifu Rita  made the cookies herself, ensuring the $950 they raised all went straight to St. Jude.

With the efforts made by her students, it is clear to Sifu Rita that they are devoted to the cause and are influenced by the ideals instilled through their martial arts training. For example, this past year, one of her young students approached her principal and planned a hat day where students paid a dollar to wear one to school. With this one event, they raised over $300.

“They make good decisions and can be leaders, not just follow the group,” Sifu Rita said.

Though the students are part of a martial arts studio, Sifu Rita has an increased focus on the values of the practice beyond the physical aspects.

“We teach empathy, character,” she said. “It’s not about breaking boards. I want to break records.”

With St. Jude’s fiscal year almost at a close, Sifu Rita is confident they will go far beyond their past record and is already planning for future events, including a walk they could take part in.

Reflecting on the conversation that has increased her wish to give back and make an impact Sifu Rita said, “I’m so grateful St. Jude called me back in 2001. This is a legacy I want to see happen.”

Thank you for helping us to break a record for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Summer is finally here and before we know it the kids will soon be returning back to school. But before that happens, we will be hosting once again our
Family Movie Night & Community Service Awards on

Saturday August 29th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

We will have Pizza, Pitzelle’s & watch a Movie. Please remember to bring a blanket, pillow and you can wear your pajama’s to this event. Don’t forget to tell Sifu Rita at osanna.inc@verizon.net to RSVP.

Again, we would like to thank everyone who has helped us to raise money for the charity – the school raised a total of $12,000.00 for 2015  making the grand total for 13 years close to $70,000.00!!!!

This year Sifu Rita has many awards to present. Please join us in congratulating the following students for participating in the Kick-a-thon and fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Milena Aggelikas, Nicolas Aggelikas, Michaela Bartlett, Aaron Bartlett, Christine Berry, John Briggs,
Chloe Di Bella, 
Philip Donovan, Brenna Donovan, Instructor Shannon Donovan, Frederique Daneault,
Raoul Foster, Nyomi Foster, Jeremy Foster, 
Sabine Garfield, Elvy Garvin, Sophia Geomelos, Peter Geomelos,
RJ Hauser, Roman Kulakowski, Shawn LaBranche, Phoebe Lafontant, Nicholas LaMarco, James Lewis,
Foster Martinuk, Griffin Martinuk, Joanna Martinuk, Seymone Melville,  Nicholas Migneault, Evan Migneault,
Kyle Morrissey,
Jack Mulrooney, Trevor McDermott, Sammy Palmisano, Ava Severino, Matthew Smith,
Eliza Tingle, Caroline Tingle
, Ethan Tran,  Jacob Walker, Chance Wedge, Anthony Wyzanski, Jaiden Wyzanski

We will also be presenting a special awards – Drew Pelletrino for celebrating his 10th year in remission from leukemia.

We hope that everyone can be with us to celebrate.

 

The Polar Express to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital raises $925.00 in only 2 hours!

 What a great night and for a great cause! We printed 150 tickets and sold out of them – so my guess is we had almost 175 people in attendance. I want to thank everyone who helped me to make our Polar Express event a huge success. With ticket, raffle and cookie sales we raised $925.00 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2 hours!

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Special thank you to Mrs. Matthews the principle at highlands school for all her help, Gayla Bartlett the president of DEEP(Danvers Educational Enrichment Partnership) she helped us to get the highlands school location and worked the ticket table with me all night and also the lady in red, Mrs. Claus – thank you for greeting all the children as they came in.

I want to thank the following vendors for their help and because of their generosity 100% of the proceeds can go to benefit the charity – Brittany at Daily Harvest Cafe in Danvers and Modash Restaurant in Wilmington for each donating hot chocolate for 100 people, Greg at Eagle One Printing for donating 500 flyers, Sifu Rita’s Kitchen for making 600 gingerbread pizzelles, Mrs. Tran for knitting the ninja turtle masks for our raffle, and Mrs. Cindy Berry for making the Ninja Turtle tree skirt for our raffle.

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I would also like to thank our staff Instructor Donovan, Mr. Smith, Mr. Donovan, Miss. Lynn, Miss. Berry for helping to set up the event, Pedro the janitor who went above and beyond to help me during the event, everyone who purchased a ticket, a raffle ticket or gingerbread cookies. We all worked together to make something great happen.

Thank you all again for all your help.

Celebrating Success!

Summer is almost over and the kids will soon be returning back to school (can you all see the smile on my face.)1240566_10151616323256693_1076879643_n

But before that happens, we will be hosting once again our
Family Movie Night & Community Service Awards on Saturday August 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. We will have Pizza, Pitzelle’s & watch the Lego Movie. Please remember to bring a blanket, pillow and you can wear your pajama’s to this event.

Don’t forget to tell Sifu Rita at sifupasquale@live.com if you haven’t already sent in your RSVP. Again, we would like to thank everyone who has helped us to raise money for the charity – the school raised a total of $9,414.00 for 2014 making the grand total for 13 years close to $60,000.00

This year Sifu Rita has 52 awards to present. Please join us in congratulating the following students for participating in the Kick-a-thon and fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

John Briggs, Michaela Bartlett, Aaron Bartlett, Alex Barrera, Christine Berry

Theo Combs, Francesca Combs, Brandon Cash

Trinity Desmaris, Philip Donovan, Brenna Donovan, Instructor Shannon Donovan

Mekonnen Eon, David Emole, Sabine Garfield, R.J. Hauser

Shawn LaBranche, Meredith Lynne, James Lewis, Tyler Moody, Jacob Moody, Jackson Moody, David LaClair

Jack Mulrooney, Nicholas Migneault, Foster Martinuk, Griffin Martinuk, Joanna Martinuk, Kyle Morrissey, Joshua Mendonca, John Mancini III, Jahmira Miranda

Trevor McDermott, Liam McGrath, Molly McGrath, Connor McCarthy

Melanie OBoyle, Bradley Piscitello, Brooke Piscitello, Joshua Pabisz, Sammy Palmisano, Wylinn Palmisano, Allie Pelletrino, Drew Pelletrino

Matthew Smith, Frank Scherkenbach, Ethan Tran, Joshua Theriault, Eliza Tingle

We will also be presenting 2 special awards – Drew Pelletrino for celebrating his 9th year in remission and also to Peter LaBranche for his Indomitable Spirit. We hope that everyone can be with us to celebrate. 

IMG_2696We have officially begun fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for 2015 and have raffle tickets available for Build a Bear Ninja Turtles & for Sifu Rita’s painting, Tickets are 1 for $3.00, 3 for $5.00 & 7 for $10.00. Drawing will be Tuesday September 30th and we will be drawing 5 winners. 

Also we will be doing a Scoop at Goodies Ice Cream Parlor in Danvers square on Sunday August 24th. Sifu Rita will be scooping ice cream from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 20% will go to benefit St. Jude. 1240235_10151653678938867_138993538_n

Celebrating Summer at U.M.A.C.!

   SUMMER IS HERE! LET’S CELEBRATE!

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Thursday June 26th & Friday June 27th 5:00 p.m. classes
Wear your pajama’s and bring a stuffed animal to class!

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COME SEE OUR KICK-A-THON FOR ST. JUDE AT ENDICOTT PARK DAY SATURDAY JUNE 28TH AT NOON
VISIT OUR COOKIE DECORATING TABLE – NINJA’S WITH A HEART SUGAR COOKIES FOR ONLY $3.00

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 INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO TRY A FREE CLASS
WE HAVE A GREAT SUMMER PROGRAM – 6 WEEKS FOR ONLY $99

downloadU.M.A.C. WILL BE CLOSED FROM SATURDAY JUNE 28TH THROUGH SATURDAY JULY 5TH

EVERYONE HAVE A SAFE  &  FUN 4TH OF JULY!

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SUMMER CAMPS AT U.M.A.C!
BELT BOOT CAMP MONDAY JULY 14TH ~ FRIDAY JULY 18TH 
FUN CAMP MONDAY AUGUST 11TH ~ FRIDAY AUGUST 15TH 

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COOL OFF IN STYLE!  at GOODIES ICE CREAM PARLOR!

In honor of U.M.A.C.’s 19th Anniversary  GOODIE’S  has created YIN YANG Sundae’s. One size $5.00 You choose one:

Sifu Anthony “Moose Track ice cream with hot fudge” or Sifu Rita’s “Cookie Dough ice cream with a cookie.”

Kick-a-thon to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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For Immediate Release

Kick-a-thon to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Contact Name:Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale

Phone Number: (978) 762-0454

Email:sifupasquale@live.com

Danvers, MA June 28, 2014 – United Martial Arts Center will be doing a Kick-a-thon  for St. Jude on Saturday June 28th during the Endicott Park Day to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Sponsored by United Martial Arts Center, the kick-a-thon will feature many little martial arts students that will be raising money for the charity. The Demonstration will start at noon and  the booth will also have a cookie decorating table where children can purchase a #Ninjaswithaheart sugar cookie to decorate for only $3.00 and 100% of money raised will go to benefit St. Jude.

 

This is the 13th year that United Martial Arts Center will hold the Martial Arts for St. Jude program. “We are so grateful to the Danvers Community for supporting our Martial Arts for St. Jude event,” said Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale, who is the events coordinator. “Our studio focuses 563543_10151877806862342_48826221_non teaching children empathy by doing community service and at the same time we also were able to teach our supporters about the great work conducted daily at St. Jude. The hospital is truly committed to the mission of finding cures and saving children. We are so grateful to have our student Drew celebrating his 9th year in remission on the same day we are doing the Kick-a-thon. ”

United Martial Arts Center has raised over $54,000.00 since it began the Martial Arts for St. Jude program in 2000 and Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale has participated in St. Jude’s “Volunteer Appreciation Day” in Memphis Tennessee, where she spent the day touring the hospital and meeting with over 200 volunteers from around the country. The trip inspired Sifu Rita to take on a new mission for St. Jude ” Our studio will now be fundraising for St. Jude all year long and what we studio raised in 13 years – one day we will raise in one year.”
Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. No child is ever denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay. With a daily operating cost of $1.7 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions and fundraising events, like the Martial Arts for St. Jude event.

For more information on Martial Arts for St. Jude events around the country, call 1-800-457-2444 or visit www.stjude.org/martialarts.

 

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About St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from
 less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to www.stjude.org

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