11th Annual HeartStrings 2013

Date: February 23, 2013 1:00 PM

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Event Details

HeartStrings is a family-friendly, fitness fundraiser that raises money for Project Access® and the charitable programs of the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation.  Participants can register as individuals or as part of a team and will workout for 30 minutes from one of the activities listed below.  All participants can choose to raise additional funds with the possibility of winning some great prizes!  Youngsters are encouraged to participate in any of the kid-friendly activities.  Childcare will be provided free to all participants' families (for children older than 6 weeks up to 12 years).

ARC-spin-room-(1).jpgWhen & Where:

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Asheville Racquet Club,  Downtown

Event Schedule:

1:00pm: Zumba (kid friendly) & Spinning 

1:30pm: Belly-Up abs class (kid friendly) & Spinning

2:00pm: Zumba (kid friendly) & Spinning

2:30pm: FARC-fitness-class-(1).jpgun with Bands (kid friendly) (resistance workout with bands) & Spinning

3:00pm: Boxing Blast & Spinning  

3:30pm: Partner Party (fun fitness with a partner) & Spinning 

Anytime from 1:00-4:00- Individual workout in the fitness center or indoor salt pool.


ARC-pool-(1).jpgProceeds from HeartStrings benefit the charitable programs of the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation including Project Access®, a WCMSF program providing health care to low-income, uninsured patients in Buncombe County.  Other charitable programs include the WNC Interpreter Network, Living Healthy program, Medical Minority Mentoring Program and the Dr. Charles Blair Scholarship

How can I help?

IMG_8714-(1).jpgRegister to participate and then raise additional dollars from your friends, family, co-workers, folks out on the street, etc.

If you have a business, consider becoming a sponsor or donate an item for the event prizes.

Or, you can donate to the event.



Choose the appropriate button below and follow the instructions to complete on-line registration:

Register as an Individual

Register a Team

Registration Fees:

  • Individual: $30
  • Family: $75  (children 12 years and older can participate in kid-friendly classes, childcare will be available for younger children)
  • Non-Profit Team: $150
  • Corporate Team: $250  (team names will be listed on our website showing your support for the community) 



Asheville Breast Center

Blue Sky Pediatrics Asheville


Charlie's Angels  (Charles Depaolo Orthopedics)

East Asheville Family Health Care

First for Heart Health  (First Citizens Bank)

Home Trust Bank

Team Brite  (The Brite Agency)

Register your company for HeartStrings and see your team name listed here!


Participant Packet:

Zumba-cropped.JPGWant some help fundraising?  Check out these materials to help out!



The highest fundraisers will each receive a prize for their efforts.  The 2013 prizes are:

  • 2-night stay at the DoubleTree Hotel in Biltmore Village
  • Ski passes to Cataloochee
  • 2 passes to the LEAF Festival
  • A gift box from Selina Naturally

Fundraising dollars and/or pledges should be turned in by Wednesday, February 26th to count towards prize totals.  The top fundraisers will be announced on Friday, March 1st. 




HeartStrings started in 2003 out of concern for the uninsured patients in Buncombe County and the high cost of medication. Wanting to find a way to help patients who could not afford to purchase medications, Kacy Black, a local Spinning® instructor, worked with the Buncombe County Medical Society (now the Western Carolina Medical Society) to create a day-long indoor exercise bicycle event to raise money for Project Access®

Over the years, HeartStrings has expanded to include various fitness activities other than spinning.  This year participants can choose spinning or one of many other group fitness classes offerred by the Asheville Racquet Club. 

Project Access®

heart.jpgWCMS Project Access® is a coordinated system of charity care provided to the low-income uninsured people of Buncombe County through the donation of services by 600+ Western Carolina Medical Society physicians, Mission Hospital and supplies through Advanced Home Care. In addition, area pharmacies waive part of their charges and professionals such as interpreters and chiropractors donate their services.

Since 1996, when Project Access® began, Buncombe County Commissioners have been the primary funding partners for administrative and medication assistance for Project Access®. The ongoing annual allocations from the County go a long way in funding Project Access®. However, as the number of uninsured in our community increases, so does the need for more services. HeartStrings is one of the ways we work to meet these growing needs.



Interested in becoming a sponsor?  Read about our sponsorship opportunities or contact us for more information.

HeartStrings 2013 is proudly sponsored by:


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Four Seasons CFL

Insurance Services of Asheville



"Community volunteers get active for Project Access"- Asheville Citizen-Times

"11th Annual HeartStrings event benefitting Project Access"- WLOS

"WCMS' 11th Annual HeartStrings event happens this Saturday"- Mountain Xpress

"Asheville HeartStrings fundraiser for Project Access"- Asheville Citizen-Times

Press Release- 2/19/13

Asheville Radio Group Spot for HeartStrings 2013

ClearChannel Radio Spot for HeartStrings 2013

"11th Annual HeartStrings event February 23rd at Asheville Racquet Club Downtown benefits the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation"- The Mountaineer

"Details Announced about 11th Annual HeartStrings Health & Fitness Event"- Mountain Xpress

"Put on Your Sneakers for 'HeartStrings' "- The Laurel of Asheville

For more information about HeartStrings for media outlets, please contact Janet Oppenheimer at janet@mywcms.org or 274-2267 ext 309.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Will childcare be provided?

Yes.  The Asheville Racquet Club will offer free childcare for any children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. 

Can children participate in HeartStrings?

Yes- children 12 years and older are encouraged to participate!  There are 4 different 30 minute workouts that are kid-friendly.  (Zumba x2, Belly-up abs class and Fun with Bands).  Families are encouraged to sign up as a family team and all workout together for a good cause!

Do I have to fundraise?

No.  The only requirement in order to participate is the registration fee.  We do ask all participants to consider a $200 fundraising goal, though, in order to reach our financial goal for this event.  For tips on fundraising, see the participant packet.

Can I participate in more than one activity?

Maybe.  You can only register for one 30-minute activity.  However, if there are open slots during other activities, then you can feel free to join.  If other classes are full then you will only be able to workout during your registered time. 

Can I use other areas of the Asheville Racquet Club facility during the event?

ARC-fitness-center.jpgYes.  The Asheville Racquet Club has invited HeartStrings participants to use their indoor salt pool or fitness center complete with treadmills, ellipticals, free weights and more during the event.