We are so incredibly honored to receive the Bion and Dorain Foster Award for Entrepreneurship tonight. Thank you, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce for selecting Wilcox Wellness & Fitness for this amazing recognition.
Thank you to the amazing coaches that we have on our team. Thank you for seeing our vision and trusting in our mission for the future. Thank you for being the kind of human whose passion is to help others. You are all incredible people.
We are humbled and grateful to be able to do the work that we love in a place that we love. The Bangor Region has been so incredibly good to us. Bangor is our home and we feel so privileged to be able to create a positive impact and give back to our community in a meaningful way.
Since we opened our Bangor location in 2012 we have realized steady growth - with a franchise location in Brunswick, a meal prep service, and helping feed those in need through our Burpees for Turkeys fundraiser that benefits the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Thank you to all who have become a part of the WILCOX community. Thank you, Allison, for trusting us to support you in opening the first WILCOX franchise location. Thank you to our parents for encouraging us to be fearless in the pursuit of our dreams.
And thank you to the many people who have allowed us to help make their lives better one training session at a time.
To announce the awards, Sutherland Weston operates a covert mission to surprise the awardees. Leading up to the event we were grilling our team and our clients asking questions like 'have there been cameras in here? what do you know? anything fishy?'
And we were met with stone faces - we were positive they were fibbing.
We weren't sure what to expect for the video - would it be a song and dance of all of our clients doing burpees? Would they put our name into Paradise City? Would it be something to spoof our training business?
Then - Mike's mother came on the big screen. She told the story of our business and our love story. We stood stage left in shock, trying to hold it all together for our acceptance speech.
Her words left us breathless.
Thank you, Susan. You are incredible - you made Mike the man he is today with the great vision for this incredible business that I am and so many others are privileged to be a part of.
At the age of 22, you were a single mother of 3 crazy little boys. You taught Mike strength, determination, grit, and selflessness. You taught him how to do whatever it takes to follow my passions.
We can't imagine how you did it back then, but we know that we are here today, with this great business, because of the traits you instilled in Mike.
Thank you, Sutherland Weston for this amazing memory. It is perfect and we will love it forever.
Lots of Love,
Paige & Mike Wilcox