Tanker fire burns fundraising effort at Fitness Boot Camp

Rescheduled after Lincoln disaster hurt the event
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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It certainly wasn’t what the proprietors of Fusion Performance Training were hoping for after the forced postponement and rescheduling of their Fitness Boot Camp fundraiser turned out to be a zero. The event was moved to this past Saturday when the original date had to be scrapped because of the tanker-car fire a few weeks ago. Fusion Performance had two rescheduling dates to choose from, one was at a bad time, and the other just turned out to be a bad time. “We rescheduled knowing it was on this date (Sept. 10), or Nov. 28,” said a disheartened Matt Bacus, who conceived the planned fundraiser for the local high school. “But (Nov. 28) is during Thanksgiving and the weather can be horrible.” In spite of an empty Zebras’ football stadium, rapper Brodi Nicholas was performing as if he had an audience of thousands. Vendors were there to help bring in extra money, and there was a climbing wall, a mechanical bull-riding ring, jousting ring, and inflated slide. Sadly, none of it was being used. “We put hundreds and hundreds of hours, and our money, into this” Bacus said. “Everything’s pretty much a bust, but I’m not going to get discouraged.” Bacus said he intends to do the fundraiser again, but next time he will likely hold it in Rocklin and benefit a school in that community. Bacus held his first attempt in Lincoln because his daughter attends high school here. Jaime Weddell, an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay cosmetics and a vendor at the affair, remained upbeat in spite of the poor turnout. She said if Fusion Performance holds a similar event she and members of her consulting unit will return. “We had a feeling the crowds would be low,” Weddel said. “Just because it had to be rescheduled we felt it was going to be like this. “But we got leads,” Weddell added. “As long as we get leads it’s OK.” Bacus said his event was also up against a street fair taking place that day in downtown Lincoln, and the opening day of youth soccer. However, Bacus said anyone who signs up for his reshape, revitalize, and renew training course would get two free sessions if they say, “I support the Fighting Zebras.” The classes run as low as $40 a month, and Fusion Performance Training can be reached by calling (916) 218-5505. It is located at 2315 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin. Anyone interested in Mary Kay cosmetics can call Weddell, (916) 213-2016.