Locals hold court at Arco
Special to The Union
Sixteen local Jazzercisers and three instructors joined 111 others taking the court to perform in front of 14,186 fans at halftime of the Sacramento Kings – Charlotte Bobcats game.
The show, a fundraiser for Make A Wish Foundation, raised $17,000 for the organization. The local contingent accounted for $2,730, placing them third of all the groups participating in money raised.
Local Jazzercise franchise owner Lynn Maas spearheaded the local participation in the event motivated by her desire to get the group together and raise money for a good cause.
“It’s a blast to take our energy and do something great with it,” she added. Jazzercise District Manager Ann Marie Schneider further commended the effort with an e-mail declaring “we rocked the court.”
Maas is no stranger to such events; as a franchise owner for 25 years, the last 17 in Grass Valley, she once performed during a San Francisco 49er’s game.
“It was exciting to be in the tunnel as the teams came off knowing we’re going out next. Energy was so high,” Maas said.
Local Jazzercise member Rachel O’Brien had a different take saying, “I was nervous. I just didn’t want to mess up. I was fine once I got out there though.”
Maas also cited the opportunity to meet fellow Jazzercisers and experience the amazing camaraderie as highlights. Asked if she would do again if given the opportunity she was quick to say, “Absolutely, I’m sure everybody there would!”
The local participants were instructors Lynn Maas, Sandy Neel and Natalie Hannah.
Local Jazzercise members performing were Rachel O’Brien, Becky Davis, Susan Schoppe, Stacey Nicholai, Heino Nicholai, Tommie Conlen, Margie Stevens, Anita DuPratt, Malena Mahurin, Monica Hughes, Lisa Johnson, Annie Keeling-Friedman, Mercedes Cabral, Melissa Adams, Victoria Cook and Ann Mitchell.
Anyone interested in joining Jazzercise can call (530) 470-0441 or visit http://www.jazzercise.com.
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