Our 13th Anniversary Fundraiser for The Okra Project

This year, our Annual Fundraiser will be to benefit The Okra Project, a New York-based organization that works on a global level to end food insecurity for black trans people.

Our event will be held on Friday September 18th. To sign up for free, click here!

Please join us at any time throughout the event. We'll be joining together on zoom, from morning to night. You can choose from morning meditation and yoga, to daytime events, like kids' fitness, and panels with some of our trainers and community members. There will be after-work events such as live music and a DJ. If you can't make the fundraiser, but would still like to donate to support The Okra Project, click here.

We chose The Okra Project because we believe their organization aligns with our vision of a world where everyone has the tools necessary to be in charge of their health and wellness, in order to lead of life of freedom, joy, and self-expression.


From their website:

The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.

Black Diasporic cooking traditions often use the okra plant for its versatility and it is often associated with health, prosperity, and community.

In this spirit, The Okra Project hopes to extend free, delicious, and nutritious meals to Black Trans people experiencing food insecurity.

Based on individual donations, The Okra Project pays Black Trans chefs to go into the homes of Black Trans people to cook them a healthy and home-cooked meal at absolutely no cost to our Black TGNC siblings. For those Black Trans folks currently experiencing homeless or whose homes cannot support our chef’s cooking, The Okra Project has partnered with institutions like Osborne Association and other community spaces to deliver food.

Here's a news piece Inside Edition did about this awesome organization!

We are thrilled to be raising money for this amazing organization, which we chose as it reflects on our values as a company, where the community is at the center. We also believe in the importance of home-cooked meals. Cooking at home helps to bring families of all types together; home-cooked meals are often healthier than eating out. Home cooking can help to boost energy and improve our mood. Also, nutrition improves the quality of sleep and response to physical, mental, and emotional stress.

I saw the Founder of The Okra Project, Ianne Fields Stewart, speak at The Brooklyn Liberation Rally and Silent March for Black Trans Lives, at The Brooklyn Museum, on June 14th: while protesting for racial justice, in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbory.

These stories were national headlines, but on the day of that rally, six black trans women had been killed in the past nine days; adding to a list of at least 18 or more black trans people who have been killed in 2020 alone; including Riah Milton, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Layleen

As a team, we are working towards the goal of helping not only our traditional clientelle, but also to expand and elevate the voices of our black trans neighbors. Learning how to move and exercise safely should not be a privilege, it must become a human right. Our purpose at Pongo Power is to help everyone know that within the model of holistic health, safety and security are accessible. This is our first step.

We can't wait to share hours of fun and festive fitness with old and new friends alike!

Our 13th Anniversary schedule for the day includes:

Morning Meditation & Yoga class
Rev Up to Run panel & community run
Live Music
Pre/Postnatal fitness session
Learn to Lift free weights sample class
Wine & Cheese pairing
Whiskey Night Cap with Brown Forman
DJ Dance Party!

Please join us in September - for any or all of these events, you can sign up for free here!

If you would like to help us raise money for The Okra Project, click here to donate!

We are thrilled to be raising money for this amazing organization, which we chose as it reflects on our values as a company, where community is at the center.

Reach out to us at office@pongopower.com if you have any questions.

Meet the Author


Chelsea Beasley

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

PROnatal Certified

Nutritious Life Certified

Chelsea Beasley is interested in the ways that movement can transform lives and communities. Having spent time training with and learning from athletes around the world—from Prospect Park to the mountains of Mexico to the streets of Berlin—she understands that wellness is a valuable tool of self expression just like other cultural pursuits. After close to a decade in corporate social marketing creating digital content around lifestyle, fashion and travel, the gymnast turned sub-elite endurance athlete made the shift to share her passion for training with others. It’s personal: her own journey has brought firsthand insight to the importance of prehab, individualized nutrition, stress management, and recovery for peak performance and energy. She has logged over 6,000 miles in the past 4 years and has run 5 marathons and 2 ultramarathons, including qualifying for and racing the 2018 Boston Marathon. She has also trained extensively in bodyweight HIIT training, Kettlebells, TRX, Pilates and Yoga. She graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School, is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and studied at the Nutritious Life Studio in New York, completing her nutrition education in 2015. Chelsea currently trains with an NYC-based running collective and is passionate about the value of teamwork for individual results.

If you'd like to talk with a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, email us at office@pongopower.com!

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