A charitable run for Aimee Copeland netted more than $17,000, and some of that money will also benefit a local group helping women seeking employment, the organizers announced Monday.
Fundraising efforts for Copeland will continue Wednesday.
The June 30 Run for Aimee 5K, which also included a silent auction, raised $17,148 for Copeland, who got a bacterial infection that resulted in a lengthy stay at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.
At the family’s insistence, about 20 percent of the proceeds will go to LifeSkills for Women, said Lisa Hall, one of the run’s organizers.
“I don’t want Aimee to be the only one who gets blessed by this,” Andy Copeland, Aimee’s father, told the race organizers.
The organizers had hoped to raise $5,000 to help the family with her medical expenses, so the end result was gratifying, Hall said.
In a statement he released to the race organizers Monday, Copeland thanked the community.
“I would like to say that the city of Augusta will always have a special place in our hearts,” Copeland said. “It is a big city with a small-town feel and a city that is filled with compassionate and loving people.
“The incredible support that our family received during our stay, including prayers, blood, food, living quarters and financial aid, was very instrumental in raising our spirits and helping us focus on Aimee’s needs.
“That Augusta has world-class medical facilities
and world-class spirituality and compassion is no coincidence. I believe that the latter bred the former and this is the reason Augusta is such a unique and special place.”
The fundraising will continue Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Casa Blanca, 936 Broad St. Those interested can drop off donations and meet former Bachelorette contestant Ryan Bowers.
The race might return next year, Hall said. Andy Copeland said Aimee wants to come back to Augusta to walk the race route.