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Brick Memorial Fitness Center opens for business; Arundel Lodge and Brick Bodies

Capital - 5/26/2019

On May 25, Arundel Lodge, a community behavioral health nonprofit in Edgewater that provides mental health and substance use treatment to more than 3,000 community members annually, celebrated the Grand Opening of the John W. Brick Memorial Fitness Center.

Victor and Lynne Brick, Merrill and Sherry Brick of Maryland's Brick Bodies and Planet Fitness, State Sen. Sarah Elfreth, Del. Alice Cain, County Executive Steuart Pittman, State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitiss were in attendance.

Arundel Lodge and the Bricks have partnered to bring the healing gift of physical fitness to community members in recovery.

In 2016, the Bricks, along with friends and family, founded The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation in honor of Victor's brother, John, who died of complications of schizophrenia at the age of 62.

The couple believes that a focus on holistic wellness that includes a sound diet and exercise could have greatly improved Victor's brother's mental health.

The Brick's responded to a call from Tanya St. John, director, Development and Marketing at Arundel Lodge requesting that the Bricks lend their expertise in helping to establish a fitness center at Arundel Lodge for the community members they serve.

The Brick's donated professional-level exercise equipment and the renovation of two rooms as the John W. Brick Memorial Fitness Center at Arundel Lodge.

This gift, totaling nearly $60,000, will build more than great bodies, it will build a legacy of health and wellness for community members working hard toward their recovery.

Caption: Victor and Lynne Brick, Merrill and Sherry Brick of Maryland's Brick Bodies and Planet Fitness, as well as State Sen. Sarah Elfreth, Del. Alice Cain, County Executive Steuart Pittman, State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitiss.

John W. Brick Memorial Fitness Center

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