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Matrix raises more than $11,000 for ALS research through IHRSA raffle

Matrix Fitness Systems raised $11,220 by raffling a Harley-Davidson motorcycle at IHRSA. All of the proceeds were donated to Augie’s Quest.

Matrix raises more than $11,000 for ALS research through Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle at IHRSA

Winner of raffle lost aunt to ALS in 2000

COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. – March 24, 2008 – Matrix Fitness Systems, a leading global manufacturer of premium exercise equipment for commercial use, today announced it raised $11,220 by raffling a Harley-Davidson motorcycle at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s 2008 International Convention and Trade Show in San Diego. All of the proceeds from the March 7 raffle were donated to Augie’s Quest, an initiative led by fitness industry legend Augie Nieto and supported by the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise money for ALS research.

Gail Russell, 41, owner of a painting company in Valencia, Calif., won the motorcycle, a Dyna Fat Bob. She purchased her ticket 10 minutes before the drawing was held.

Winning the raffle was especially meaningful to Russell because one of her favorite aunts, Marie Russell, succumbed to ALS in 2000. Gail, who is a fitness enthusiast but not a motorcycle rider, plans to sell the bike and donate the money to the Institute for Christian Resources, a global and ecumenical ministry dedicated to providing biblical and theological resources for growing Christians.

A Harley-Davidson was a natural choice for the raffle, said Chris Clawson, president, Matrix Fitness Systems. “In addition to being based in Wisconsin, Matrix and Harley-Davidson are similar in many other ways,” he said. “We both have product lines with uncompromising durability and performance and both companies are huge supporters of MDA and its efforts to raise money for life-saving research.”

Matrix also was a lead sponsor of Augie’s Bash, an event held March 7 at IHRSA that raised money for Augie’s Quest. As part of the sponsorship, Matrix contributed $25,000 to the cause and provided $25,000 worth of fitness equipment that will be auctioned at the event.

Clawson presented a check to the MDA at Augie’s Bash for the funds raised during the motorcycle raffle.

One of the most successful innovators in the U.S. fitness industry, Nieto was diagnosed with ALS in March 2005. “The worst day of my life was the day I was diagnosed with ALS. The best days of my life have happened since that day,” he said. “Chris Clawson was one of the first people to reach out to me. He said, ‘They might call it Lou Gehrig’s disease, but they will call it Augie’s cure!’ I think about those words every night before I go to sleep. It took guts to predict the future. With Matrix’s help, we will find a cure!”

About Matrix Fitness Systems

Matrix Fitness Systems Corp. ( offers a complete line of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment for health clubs and other fitness facilities. Based just outside of Madison, Wis., the company is a division of Johnson Health Tech. Co., Ltd., an ISO 9001-certified company and the fastest growing fitness equipment manufacturer in the world.

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