Just when you think you’ve seen the best of what a group of committed, altruistic Homerites can do, another benevolent bunch comes along to accomplish something even more amazing.
Following the sudden death of 30-year-old Nikki Geragotelis and her daughter, Rae Marie, Alaska Training Room owner and strength conditioning coach Mary Jo Cambridge Campbell organized a 24-hour “We Love Nikki-a-thon” team circuit-training event as a fundraiser.
A total of 22 teams signed up to participate, many donating much more than the minimum $100. They all donned workout gear to exercise — in shifts — from 9 a.m. Nov. 29 to 9 a.m. Nov. 30. Campbell said the effort raised $10,000, with all donations going to the Nikki Geragotelis Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.
“It was an amazing and emotional day,” Campbell said. “I believe it completely exceeded my expectations because I underestimated the generosity and participation of this community.”
Campbell said both she — as well as Nikki’s family — were totally “blown away” by Homer’s response.
According to Campbell, the “A-Team” (pictured above) raised the most money in the training marathon, and will be immortalized on a plaque on “Nikki’s wall.” Funds raised will be used to “honor Nikki” and preserve her “beautiful memory” for her son, Hank — “and us all.”
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