Community members shake up the dance floor at the Vernon Recreation Complex for the Habitat for Humanity Zumbathon.

Community members shake up the dance floor at the Vernon Recreation Complex for the Habitat for Humanity Zumbathon.

Zumbathon surpasses goal

Vernon shook up a substantial show of support, raising $15,000 for Habitat for Humanity

Vernon shook up a substantial show of support, raising $15,000 at the recent Zumbathon for Habitat for Humanity.

“Wow, wow, wow! That is all I can say,” said Sareena Sharma Nickoli following the event she helped co-ordinate.

Funds raised at the Zumbathon will support the ‘Lend a hand to buy the land’ campaign to raise $300,000 for a lot for Habitat for Humanity to build on in Vernon.

“Our ‘Habitat Champs’ couldn’t be more thrilled with the event,” said Nickoli. “The energy and support in the room was contagious and we had over 100 participants of all ages, sizes, ethnicities and level of experience; people out there giving it all for Habitat.”

Among those on the floor shaking their booties were Richard Rolke, Brian Martin and Jolene Chernoff from the local media.

Winning the grand prize of an original art piece for most pledges was Christine Stroh. Between her and Glory Westwell, $10,000 was pledged for this event

“(The night) was amazing, from my Habitat Champs, to the RBC crew, to the amazing instructors, my helpers by my side Charlene and Ashlea, the local celebs that danced their hearts out, Matt Walker, who was so awesome on stage with me, all of those you who donated and everybody that attended – this event would not have been successful without you all,” said Nickoli, in awe that the event surpassed its goal.