Hello TOMA Families,
With the amazing success of our 15th Annual TOMA Break-A-Thon for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), we are incredibly proud of all of our students and families for working together to surpass our goal of $15,000, helping us raise $16,000 this year!
What is even more impressive is that we had over 100 participants this year! It is not only an individual achievement for some of our students, more importantly it’s an incredible feat our dojang has accomplished as a whole.
We wanted to take this time to sincerely extend our appreciation to all the TOMA parents especially—thanks to your unwavering support, we were able to show our students that when good people come together, anything is possible.
We understand lives can get very busy. Know that everyone’s contribution played a huge role in creating this wonderful experience.
To all our volunteers—and considering the weather conditions of this year’s Break-A-Thon—we want to express our sincerest gratitude for making this event such a success.
Once again, thank you so much for being part of the TOMA family and embracing the culture we work create here.
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Breaking Boards for CHOP
Since 2007, the Elite TOMA martial arts family has come together to raise money and give back to the community. Since its inception, Break-A-Thon—TOMA’s signature fundraising event—has raised over $150,000 for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the nation’s first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children.
Elite TOMA Martial Arts is much more than a group of conventional martial arts or kickboxing schools—it is a community that helps us both to preserve tradition and also to apply the essence of martial arts to everyday life. Break-A-Thon exemplifies that mission, an annual tradition for students and their families to come together for an important cause. Students raise money by selling wooden boards at $5 each, competing among their fellow students and building a stack of boards they will aim to break on the day of the event.
But it’s not just about board breaking!
The day-long event features amazing martial arts demonstrations by TOMA SWAT, Team TOMA, and Black Belt Club; lively music and entertainment; raffle prizes; great food and refreshments…and so much more! Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is home to one of the nation’s largest pediatric research programs, spanning virtually every area of pediatric medicine—every donation counts, and we thank you for your support through Break-A-Thon!
More ways to support Break-A-Thon
There are more ways to participate in addition to raising money for boards, including:
- Attend a Break-A-Thon warmup event
- Write a Care Card to a CHOP patient
- Can’t attend? A $25 donation makes a difference, and you will receive everything in the starter kit!
- Support another TOMA student
- Buy a t-shirt for a friend or family member
- Invite family, friends, and neighbors to donate and attend Break-A-Thon
- Donate a gift basket/prizes to be raffled
- Volunteer time to help the day of the event
- Program ads: purchase one for your business, contact a local business, or write a special message for your child
For questions or to get involved, email email@example.com call (610) 631.2310