Fair director sees huge support after crash

  • Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:06pm
  • News

While one Kenai Peninsula woman is having a rough year, members of the community are doing their best to ensure she has a smooth recovery.

This year, Ninilchik resident Lara Rogers-McGinnis has been involved in two major car accidents.

On January 2, the single mother of two was involved in a three-vehicle collision near Homer while she was driving with one of her sons. There were only minor injuries that day, but the driver’s side of her car was badly damaged. She said it was fortunate, because it meant that her son in the passenger seat was relatively unharmed.

She credited her son for being brave in the face of adversity.

“He was stellar,” she said. “He was a hero that day.”

While the first accident could have been worse, Rogers-McGinnis is currently in the hospital after being involved in another crash earlier this month.

On March 16, as Rogers-McGinnis was driving near mile 50 of the Sterling Highway, an oncoming vehicle lost control on the icy highway, resulting in a head on crash, according to the Alaska State Troopers report. The accident left Rogers-McGinnis with broken extremities and several other serious injuries that required surgery.

Rogers-McGinnis, who has served as the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Fair, has since received an outpouring of support from people around the peninsula and the country. A gofundme.com crowd-sourcing account, where people can donate money, was set up to provide financial support for Rogers-McGinnis as she recovers.

While the online fundraising account has only been running since March 17, it has been lucrative.

As of Saturday, more than $10,500 had been raised from more than 120 donations. Rogers-McGinnis said the support has been humbling. She said the money will allow her to recover without adding extra stress to one of her main focuses — the Kenai Peninsula Fair, where she has worked for more than a decade.

“[The support] means everything,” she said. “For the last 10 years, I’ve devoted my life to my boys and the fair.”

The account was created by Rogers-McGinnis’ friend, Anita Johnson.

“She’s got a sweet heart,” said Rogers-McGinnis. “Her doing that means that I can completely take the time off that I need.”

While Rogers-McGinnis is appreciative of being able to take some time to recover, she is still eager to return to doing what she loves – working at the Kenai Peninsula Fair.

“I have to get back,” she said. “We have our fundraiser on April 24.”

For more information, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/p2j4dk

More in News

Bradley Walters leads the pack up Angle Hill on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the Salmon Run Series at Tsalteshi Trails. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Summer races kick off at Tsalteshi

The annual Salmon Run Series 5K races start on July 6 and continue every Wednesday through Aug. 3

Central Emergency Services staff wait to receive doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly mulls bond for new CES fire station

Replacement of the current station is estimated to cost $16.5 million

Buldozers sit outside of the former Kenai Bowling Alley on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Old Kenai bowling alley comes down

The business closed in 2015

Landslide debris surrounds part of Lowell Point Road on Friday, June 3, 2022, in Seward, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly looks to mitigate future Lowell Point Road dangers

Assembly members approved legislation supporting agencies working to address the “repetitive hazards”

The Alaska Department of Health And Social Services building in Juneau has no visible signs indicating the department is splitting into two agencies as of Friday. Top officials at the department said many of the changes, both physical and in services, are likely weeks and in some cases months away. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Little sign of big change for DHSS

No commissioner at new department, other Department of Health and Social Services changes may take months

Nate Rochon cleans fish after dipnetting in the Kasilof River, on June 25, 2019, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
King closures continue; Kasilof dipnet opens Saturday

The early-run Kenai River king sport fishery remains closed, and fishing for kings of any size is prohibited

An "Al Gross for Congress" sign sits near the driveway to Gross’ home in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, after he announced plans to withdraw from the U.S. House race. Gross has given little explanation in two statements for why he is ending his campaign, and a woman who answered the door at the Gross home asked a reporter to leave the property. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Alaska judge rules Sweeney won’t advance to special election

JUNEAU — A state court judge ruled Friday that Alaska elections officials… Continue reading

Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion 
Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen listens to a presentation from Alaska Communications during a meeting of the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska.
ACS pilots fiber program in certain peninsula neighborhoods

The fiber to the home service will make available the fastest internet home speeds on the peninsula

Most Read