Nonprofit event to benefit youth organizations

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Savion Washington

A nonprofit organization is staging a fundraiser for its inaugural Trust the Process and BENEFIT the Youth charity event, to be capped off on July 18 at City Hall located at the Agave. The deadline for becoming a sponsor is Monday, July 6.

The nonprofit status for Savion Washington Next Generation Foundation was officially approved a little over two weeks ago. It was founded by local fitness instructor and former Tarleton State University football player Savion Washington — who often uses the phrase “Attack the day” as part of his motivational attitude and message.

“I thought of this two years ago,” Washington said of the fundraiser. “Any youth-driven organization or business will benefit from this. My goal is to really help any youth-driven organization or business in Stephenville or the surrounding area.”

Sponsorships are due by noon on Monday, July 6. The event link on his website (sdubfitness.com/trust-the-process-and-benefit-the-y) states “100% of the proceeds from your donation will be forwarded to the youth organizations.”

Tickets are now available for the first-of-its-kind event, which is set for 5-7 p.m. on July 18 at City Hall located at the Agave Bar & Grill, 1907 E. Washington St. in Stephenville.

Pizza will be served at the event, and photo opportunities will be set up throughout City Hall. There will be silent auction tables, and SDUB merchandise will be available for purchase.

The website also states, “The evening will conclude with keynote speaker and SDUB founder Savion Washington presenting an exciting, motivational speech sure to inspire attendees to ‘attack the day’.”

Tickets, limited to 150 people, are available through the SDUB Fitness page on Facebook — “first come, first served, no reservations.”

The website explains that there are two ways businesses can participate — either with a silent auction donation, or through various SDUB sponsorship levels. Those levels are Sacrifice ($1,000 logo on website); Desire ($1,500 logo on website and event banner; Unstoppable ($2,000) logo on website, banner and shirts); and BENEFIT ($2,500 logo on website, banner, shirts and swag bags.

“Any other donation amount greatly appreciated,” the website also notes.

For more sponsorship information, email questions to Brittany@sdubfitnesscom. For more information on tickets or general information, email inquiries to Laura@sdubfitness.com.

Washington said that going through the current COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for everyone, and “I just thought this was the right time.”

Asked if he plans on Trust the Process and BENEFIT the Youth being an annual event, Washington said, “Most definitely.”

BOOK ON THE WAY

Washington, who is also a motivational speaker, mentioned that he is writing a book, titled “SDUB: The Real Meaning.”

About two years ago, Washington first launched his idea for his fitness instruction and performance business, SDUB Fitness. The acronym stands for the words Sacrifice, Desire, Unstoppable and BENEFIT.

After graduating from North Garland High School in 2011 as a first-team all-district football and soccer player, Washington began his college career as a running back at Tarleton. At 6-0, 215, he later was moved to linebacker.

Washington earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Tarleton. He married Lindsey Mann, a former member of the Tarleton women’s basketball team. They met each other during their freshman year at Tarleton.