Pay It Forward Screening with Catherine Ryan Hyde!

Great Day! 220+ Walkers and $33,351 Raised! Thank You!



We are so thankful for the hundreds of “Friends of ECHO” who came to our 4th Annual Long Walk Home fundraiser. There were individuals, families with children and so many organizations who showed their caring spirit for those less fortunate in our community.  Thanks again for supporting ECHO – North County’s Homeless Shelter!

Long Walk Home 2015

And a BIG THANK YOU to our wonderful sponsors!


Kennedy Fitness Donates $700

Kennedy Club Fitness Atascadero recently donated $700 to ECHO’s Long Walk Home annual fundraiser.  The funds were raised during Kennedy Club’s annual open house.

Kennedy_Donation2The big money maker was the water tank that attendees paid to dunk their favorite Kennedy Club Fitness staff members, which included owner, Kevin Kennedy and son, Sean Kennedy, Atascadero General Manager. “Our awesome raffle prizes were definitely a huge hit but I know people got a real guilty pleasure out of dunking the staff members.  I think I was up there for about an hour,” said Sean Kennedy who chose ECHO as a recipient for the donation. “This is my hometown.  It’s where I was born, raised and still live today,” said Kennedy. “ ECHO serves those in our local community with hot meals and shelter, and our members were motivated to donate to that cause, as am I.”  From left to right is Sean Kennedy, Debra Albert, Membership & Marketing Manager, Mimi Rodriguez, ECHO Interim Executive Director, and Jim Patterson, ECHO Board President.

Photo Credit: Robin Smith

$1,000 Your Favorite Charity

UPDATE: On Wednesday, August 19, ECHO received $1000 from Your Favorite Charity! Thank you to everyone who voted for ECHO! And we also thank KSBY and PG&E for making Your Favorite Charity possible.Vote for ECHO at

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$5,000 from Give Fitness Health Club

ECHO received a $5,000 donation from Give Fitness Health Club in Atascadero.

We thank Give Fitness Health Club ( for this generous donation. Give Fitness Health Club is located in the VONS shopping center on El Camino and Highway 41. This North County business has the goal of donating 50% of its profits back to the community! Give Fitness also donated $5,000 to Parents for Joy, a local group raising funds to build a special needs playground in Atascadero.

GiveFitnessLeft to right in the picture; Josh Donovan, Give Fitness owner, Terri Sherwin, ECHO board member, Till Moen, ECHO Vice-President, Mike and Charlotte Byrne, ECHO board members, Robin Smith, ECHO volunteer, and Matthew Holguin, owner of Working to Give.

Give Fitness Health Club is not only a great place to work out, but also a wonderful business committed to its community. Josh Donovan, owner of Give Fitness, is a local Atascadero resident with over 10 years in the fitness industry. Josh partnered with Matthew Holguin and Working to Give to open a reasonably priced state of the art gym that also has a mission to give back 50% of profits to the community. Matthew Holguin started Working to Give while completing his MBD at Azusa Pacifica University in 2005. It was his intention to create a company that was purpose driven rather than profit driven.

Give Fitness is a partner with GIVE – Working to Give which made it possible to bring a state of the art workout facility to downtown Atascadero in addition to significant financial support for the community. Matt Holguin (Working to Give) and Josh Donovan (Give Fitness) both currently live in Atascadero and are excited to bring this model of giving to their community. Matthew Holguin began Working to Give with the intention for the company to be purpose driven rather than profit driven. Learn more at


Jodi Block, Terri Sherwin, ECHO board members, Liz Enriquez-Phillips (with her son, Walter) ECHO Shelter Coordinator, Linda Doust, ECHO secretary, Tina Salter, ECHO board member with her husband, Jay.

Bill_JoshFormer ECHO Executive Director Bill Watt with Give Fitness Owner Josh Donovan


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