OCONOMOWOC — Parker’s Place
owner Kevin Ellis has started a nonprofit organization called
Corbin’s Foundation to help individuals get their health back on
track if they can’t afford the fees associated with a gym
Ellis said the nonprofit stems from Parker’s Place Weight Loss
Challenge, which was for individuals who were 50 pounds or more
overweight who wanted to improve their lives.
“I got frustrated because these people would lose the weight and I
think they were more interested in the prize money than they were in
actually changing their lifestyles,” Ellis said.
Since Ellis ended the Weight Loss Challenge he said he has had
individuals come in who look dejected when they hear his rates
because they can’t afford it.
Ellis said he would go the extra mile to help people who couldn’t
afford the services, but kept getting burned by and ultimately had
to stop offering the free services.
Ellis said Corbin’s Foundation is for helping people that truly want
to change their lives.
“There is a population of people out there who just don’t care,”
Ellis said. 'Then there is another population of people out there
that do care. They’re the ones that are frustrated and I don’t want
them to give up.”
Ellis said he needs about $100,000 to serve around five to seven
people, which would give those people a one-year gym membership, 30
personal training sessions and a month of nutritional guidance.
When the person applies, the application is sent to a board of
directors, who will never see the people applying, to decide if they
are accepted into the program, Ellis said.
“I am the person’s advocate, if someone comes to me with an
application, I am on their side,” Ellis said. “If the person is
accepted into the program, they will tell me the terms of the
program will be. If the person is rejected, they will tell me why
If the person is accepted into the foundation, the person will need
to be assessed within the first month to set a standard, Ellis said.
“After a year’s time, if there are no results or they go the
opposite way, they will owe that money back to Corbin’s Foundation,”
Ellis said. “There will be an agreement between the foundation and
that individual and then for the next year after that, there are
going to be some requirements associated with that.”
“There is a year’s stipulation after the program and after that if
the person goes backwards they owe a percentage of it back. I’m
holding them accountable for their own health.”
Ellis said he is currently looking for donors to help raise the
money needed, but isn’t going to ask any individual person.
“If the people come to me and say the heard about what I’m doing or
read about what I’m doing and give me a check, I will graciously
thank them for it,” Ellis said.