Thursday, December 28, 2000

Fund to remember student

Band event to benefit scholarship

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ALEXANDRIA — Rose Geiman hopes to collect enough money to make the Jimmy A. Geiman Memorial Scholarship Fund at Campbell County High School a permanent reminder of how her son loved life.

        And in a few years, the road where the family lives and where Jimmy Geiman died in a Thanksgiving weekend car crash could be named for the young man who played football at the high school.

        Jimmy was a 16-year-old junior at Campbell County when he lost his life Nov. 26 on Poole's Creek Road No.1 not far from his home.

        Tonight, three local bands will perform at a benefit event at Generations, the Texas Two Step Night Club, on Old Ky. 3 off U.S. 27 in Alexandria, to raise money for the fund.

        “Our older son, Andy (19), put the benefit together,” Mrs. Geiman said Wednesday. “He's a member of the band Aftertaste, and two other bands, Pure Liar and Crazy Addie, will be playing. I think it's his way of dealing with the loss.”

        She remembers Jimmy as “our all-around, tender, compassionate, hugging kid. He was everything to everyone, and he had a way of making people laugh. Jimmy wasn't the one people went to watch at Campbell County football games, but he was the one the coach sent in and said, "Do the job,' and he did it.”

        Mrs. Geiman said the fund, to establish scholarships at the high school, already has about $7,500 in the bank. “I think we'll have at least $10,000 after the benefit,” she said.

        Poole's Creek Road No.1 is listed on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's six-year plan to be rebuilt as part of the connector road project from U.S. 27 to the AA Highway. Relatives and friends will ask that the road be renamed for Jimmy Geiman.

        “We're not doing anything about that right away,” Mrs. Geiman said. “There might have been some opposition from neighbors about having to change addresses on checks and return-address stamps.”

        The benefit runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and admission is $10 per person. For information, call (859) 635-4170.


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