Congratulations to Ron and Sandy Franco and Franco's Athletic Club! The recipient of the Tammany Award: 2012 Business of the Year St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce.
February 28, 2013 - Boston, MA USA
IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is pleased to announce that five award recipients will be honored during IHRSA 2013, the Association's 32nd Annual International Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada March 19-22.
The OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The Award for Outstanding Community Service is given to an individual or group who has made a longstanding commitment to making a difference in, and beyond, their community. This award will be presented to Ron and Sandy Franco, owners of Franco's Athletic Club in Mandeville, Louisiana, on Wednesday, March 20th.
When it comes to working with charities and causes, the Franco's have a simple rule: to never say 'NO.' Countless examples of this rule are evident all across their community. Over the past 25 years, the club has raised over $1.5 million for charitable organizations. In addition to donating memberships and services to school fundraisers, for the past 20 years the club has donated swimming pool services and free swim lessons to special needs children for mental and physical stimulation therapy. Franco's Athletic Club is also a leader in providing meaningful employment to those with disabilities, as well as discounted memberships to public service employees such as police, fire, Coast Guard and military personnel. For the 6 months following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, Franco's Athletic Club was a host site for the National Guard and housed volunteers helping with recovery efforts.
YouTube videos & Articles on Franco's Athletic Club:
New Orleans Displays Its Southern Charm on Tour
By Stuart Goldman, December 5th, 2012 Club Industry.com
Franco's members and staff had three boats filled for the Annual Dragon Boat Festival in Madisonville, May 2012. All three teams took home a trophy!
B Division Grand Champions - Skinny Dippers Rowers: Ron Franco, Jennifer Wild (captain), Stephen Barousse, Evan Armentrout, Lisa Zeringue, Dale Martin, Rachel LeMaire, Abbie Maldini, Tami Michaud, Patty Mire, Nealy Orillion, Lauretta Parks, James Sanchez, Gina Sternfels, Kelly Tallant, Amy Williams, Mary Zuppardo, Shelley Marengo and drummer Julie Hudson Wells.