Mar 172014

Raynya Simmons surprises member Shahzadi Hhahd with some wonderful news.

Raynya Simmons surprises member Shahzadi Hhahd with some wonderful news.

You don’t need to have roots in the Emerald Isle to experience the Luck O’ the Irish. Just ask Shahzadi “Bobbi” Khahd of West Haven.

She started her day by getting ready to go to the gym just before 9 a.m. but as it happens she had one thing to do, then another and so on.

She arrived at Planet Fitness, 400 Boston Post Road, bundled up from the cold with a scarf covering her neck and chin when she was rushed by an enthusiastic group of employees.

Owner Raynya Simmons held a microphone up and welcomed the startled member who was chosen at random as she came through the door at 11 a.m. a confetti cannon littering the entrance with purple, pink, green and yellow paper.

“We are celebrating Planet Fitness’s milestone of 5 million members, and you are the winner of $1,000 and a free one-year membership,” Simmons said.

Khahd was stunned, her eyes wide as Matt Wilcox, Vice President of Marketing and General Manager Kacie Finch carried over a giant $1,000 check.

In keeping with the “five” theme, Khahd has been a member for five years, and she will put the money toward her daughter’s wedding in May — the fifth month.

5 Million Thank Yous

This St. Patrick’s Day surprise is just part of Planet Fitness’ “5 Million Thank Yous” campaign to thank its members and invite new people to join the gym.

Planet Fitness Publicity Representative Robert “Bobby” Bernarduci said the celebration continues through Thursday, March 20 with a contest that offers five prizes, including a Mazda 5; 5-day cruise; 5-day trip to Hawaii; a 50” Smart TV; and an opportunity for 5 members to win $500.

For information on the contest, Members and Non-Members may visit www.5MillionThankYous.com through March 20.

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