ROME — The Travis Mills Foundation plans to hold an open house for its new health and wellness center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 30 during the retreat at 1002 Watson Pond Road in Rome.
It took exactly one year from groundbreaking to the grand opening of the $7 million facility, which includes an indoor pool, large and small fitness areas, and a massage room.
The center is stocked with traditional fitness equipment so that the recalibrated veterans served by the foundation can learn to adapt to it based on their injury and then return home to attend their local fitness centers or develop a gym at home, according to a press release from communications and marketing manager Molly Lovell-Keely.
The event will also include staples, do-it-yourself crafts for kids, trick-or-treating, face painting, tattoos, a donut contest, hot dogs and cider; costumes are encouraged.
Also at the event, the foundation is selling a limited number of $25 raffle tickets for a handcrafted solo canoe built exclusively for the Travis Mills Foundation by Russ Sabia, a summer resident of Long Pond. Tickets can be purchased when registering for open house tickets.
The canoe is 12 feet long and 28 inches wide, and was designed by Thomas Hill, with Okoumé (mahogany) lap boards and western red cedar rails and breccia. It is ultra-light and weighs around 27 pounds. It is easy to transport and mount on a car and took 120 hours of construction time.
The event is free and open to the public; to register for a free ticket at give.classy.org/fall-open-house.
For more information, write to Christine Johnson at [email protected].
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