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Power lift! Iron maidens raise money for college - Brooklyn Paper

Power lift! Iron maidens raise money for college

Role model: Linda Lempert, 70, proves you’re never too old to hit the gym by weighlifting at the Iron Maidens event on March 5.
Photo by Louise Wateridge

They’re all muscle and heart!

Badass beauties strutted their sinewy selves and nerves of steel at a strength showcase in Gowanus, raising major moolah for financially-strapped women. Dozens of competitors squatted, bench pressed, dead-lifted, and pumped onward at the Iron Maidens Raw Open at Crossfit Southern Brooklyn, testing their one-rep maxes in a rare, women-only battle of the brawn.

The group raised nearly $30,000 — $10,000 more than expected! — for low-income women to pay for college through Grace Outreach, which helps them enhance their academic skills, pursue higher education, and find employment.

The mettle match put the fun back in fundraising, and the girls of grit were pumped up for next time, said a Grace coordinator.

“It was really exciting!” said Danae McLeod, director of college prep at the Bronx-based center. “We’ll be back next year to raise even more money.”

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill

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