NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Eating disorders affect up to 24 million men and women of all ages in the United States. Mohawk Valley residents are no exception. Two local sisters, Brittany and Jennifer Venezio have decided to combat the disease while raising awareness and funds for the cause they feel lacks understanding within society.
The sisters are hosting an event at the end of February they call, 'Beautiful You,' one that holds close to their own hearts. Brittany Venezio battled an eating disorder of her own. Venezio is now in recovery and hopes to help other men and women struggling with an eating disorder or body dysmorphic disorder.
"Beautiful comes from within, It's more than what you see on the outside," Brittany Venezio said, "And I am going to keep doing this event every single year until I get that across to the public and I sure hope that this event gets that out there."
The 'Beautiful You' fundraiser will be held at the Venezio's fitness studio, Body By Design on Saturday, February 22nd. It will be from 1pm until 3pm and will start with a 90 minute master fitness class featuring a variety of different workouts like Zumba, kickboxing, Flirty Girl Fitness and yoga. It's $20.00 dollars to attend the master class which includes 10 raffle tickets. Raffle baskets have been donated by numerous businesses throughout the Mohawk Valley. Winners of the baskets will be announced after the master class.
All proceeds from the class and raffle will go to Ophelia's Place in Liverpool, a nonprofit organization assisting individuals with eating disorders as well as their families.
The Venezio sisters hope to redefine the meaning of beauty.
"You don't need to look like a super model to be a gorgeous girl or gorgeous guy," Jennifer Venezio said, "And hopefully this does it. Every year it gains more momentum and I think this is going to be the best year yet."
If you are not able to attend the event but still want to enter the raffle or donate you can do so by mailing or dropping off a donation to Body By Design in New Hartford: 23 Campion Rd, New Hartford, NY 13413.