BASI Foundation: Special Event 9.19.15

by Jeanne King

Creating a nonprofit organization within BASI Pilates has been a dream of mine for many years. I am very proud to let you know that, with Rael leading the way, it has finally come to fruition. We would like to introduce you to BASI Foundation.

The Mission Statement is: To support and financially assist professionals in the Pilates industry when they find themselves in compromised situations due to illness or injury.

As Pilates instructors, we often take the leap from a secure job with company benefits to working for ourselves. Even if you own your own home and have health insurance, you may not know how you will pay your utilities or support your family when you are unable to work. This is where BASI Foundation comes in.

Because it is a BASI company it does not mean that people of other Pilates education cannot apply for assistance. This foundation is for everyone.

The first recipient of support from BASI Foundation will be Emilee Garfield. She is being treated for stage 3 ovarian cancer. She is a courageous young woman with three small children and the inspiration behind the creation of this company.

We will be kicking off our fundraising efforts on September 19, 2015, which coincides with Emilee’s recovery from surgery and weeks of chemotherapy. It also happens to be Pilates Gives Back Day, where members of the Pilates community devote their talents to fundraising.

We would like each Pilates studio to offer at least one group class on September 19th and donate the proceeds to BASI Foundation. No donation is too small. It will be a tax deductible gift.

If you would like to participate in our first event, please contact us at and we will supply you with promotional material to encourage attendance for your group class.

Events such as these bring the community together for a common good. Your consideration and efforts are greatly appreciated.

If you would like to get to know Emilee’s story and follow her blog, you can do so by going to: and search for emileegarfield.


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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