By moving their hips and clapping their hands, Aiken-area residents raised about $2,000 last weekend for the survivors of two slain Aiken Public Safety officers.
The deaths of Master Cpl. Sandra E. Rogers and Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson left a hole in the community, MaryAnn Brewer said.
Richardson was killed Dec. 21 and Rogers, Jan. 28.
Along with Ally Lentsch, a certified Zumba instructor, Brewer decided to hold a Zumbathon to raise money for Rogers’ and Richardson’s families.
Zumba is a form of exercise in which participants dance to Latin and international music.
Brewer said she wanted to do something for the survivors of the two officers – something both different and fun.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, about 130 people showed up for a two-hour Zumba class and a silent auction at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.
All the auction items were donated from community businesses, and they charged $15 to participate in the class.
The slain officers’ friends and family – including Richardson’s widow, Amelyn Richardson, and Rogers’ life partner, Frances A. Williams – showed up to participate.
Three officers from Rogers’ shift danced in full uniform. Officer Carlos Colindres, Cpl. Jason Fogle and Sgt. Karl Odenthal all followed the beat while fully armed.
“It was a lot of fun,” Brewer said. “It was a fun thing to do during the grieving process.”