Jarrouj hopes the event evolves into an annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House charities.
Baria is also involved with the non-profit agency's annual fundraiser, the McGala, slated for March 23 at Embassy Suites.
Those who attended Saturday were asked to donate either a flat amount or a donation based on how many pounds Baria lifted.
About 150 people attended and the charity raised between $1,500 and $2,000, Dewayne Dickens, RMHC executive director, said.
"We had no clue what to expect, so it was a successful event," Dickens said.
Each year the local chapter of Ronald McDonald House offers low-cost lodging to 300 to 400 families of children receiving medical treatment, Dickens said.
"We're thankful that Allen donated his time and talents to raise awareness," Dickens said.
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