Jazzercise owner gives back to community

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 7, 2017

 Yvonne Lewis, owner of Jazzercise Fraser Fitness Studio in Fraser, sits with a display of dog treats on Memorial Day. Proceeds from the sale of the items were donated to a dog rescue group in Oxford.

Yvonne Lewis, owner of Jazzercise Fraser Fitness Studio in Fraser, sits with a display of dog treats on Memorial Day. Proceeds from the sale of the items were donated to a dog rescue group in Oxford.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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FRASER — For Clinton Township resident Yvonne Lewis, Jazzercise is a way of life.

Lewis, who lives in Clinton Township, started taking Jazzercise classes in 1981. Three years later, she started teaching fitness classes in Warren.

As the years have gone by, she has moved closer to Fraser. A decade-long stint in the city started with classes at Fraser Hockeyland, before Lewis opened her own studio, Jazzercise Fraser Fitness Studio, on Utica Road, south of 15 Mile Road.

After working in retail, Lewis decided to teach Jazzercise when her children were in elementary school. Up until one year ago, she taught all classes herself. Now she has four instructors under her wing.

But it’s not just fitness, though, that drives Lewis. She enjoys helping her community through  fundraising — such as getting together with friends and business owners to raise money for victims of the 15 Mile Road interceptor collapse.

Lewis is also an avid supporter of Fraser Parks and Recreation.

“It is amazing,” she said. “All of those neighboring businesses, we try to support each other. … It builds camaraderie for our class and our students to get to know each other, and it’s great for the neighbors too.”

Another one of Lewis’ charitable efforts involves rescuing dogs. She has a personal connection to K-9 Stray Rescue League in Oxford, and conducts several fundraisers per year to help the canines. Attendees walk around the events and meet the dogs, with some of the animals being adopted.

She also runs a promotion in which whoever attends the most classes in one month is given a donation in the name of their favorite cause. Lewis writes the checks for the winners, though one time there was a tie between attendees, so she wrote checks to aid both Vietnam veterans and an animal rescue.

Another ongoing promotion involves collecting gently-used sneakers for men, women and children, with profits going toward pediatric cancer research.

And for the rest of the year, anyone ages 16 to 21 can take classes for free. It’s an effort to promote a healthier lifestyle for teenagers and young adults.

Margaret Boegehold, a certified instructor who works at Lewis’ studio, said Lewis does anything and everything she can to make the world a better place.

“She is an amazingly generous and compassionate woman and has made it her personal goal to always give back to the community,” Boegehold said. “She is always thinking of new ways she and her business can give back. … She is an amazing lady with a heart of gold, who never stops trying to do all that she can to help others.”

For more information on fitness classes or fundraisers, call (586) 212-3535 or email jazzercisefraser@gmail.com.

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