Wayne benefit raises $5,200

Written by Christina O'Haver, The Union Democrat December 13, 2012 08:50 am

The latest fundraiser for the family of Amy Wayne, a Sonora woman killed in October after being struck by a car while jogging, raised about $5,200. 

U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighters accepted cash from drivers and pedestrians at Greenley and Sanguinetti roads in Sonora for about eight hours on Saturday.

 

The goal of the “Fill the Whites” fundraiser was to collect money specifically for Adalee Wayne, the 2-year-old daughter of Amy Wayne.

About 14 firefighters volunteered to help throughout the day, and at least eight stood at the intersection at all times.

The firefighters held out their boots, called “whites,” and people stuffed cash inside them.

“It was pretty amazing,” said Capt. Rebbecca Sands, of Engine 43 on the Stanislaus National Forest Groveland Ranger District. “It was a sight to see.”

The wildland firefighters decided to put on the fundraiser because Wayne was the sister-in-law of the engine’s assistant captain.

“We call it taking care of our own,” Sands said. 

Sands had never organized an event like “Fill the Whites” before and said Wayne being the beneficiary was the reason for the success.

“I think Amy kind of raised that money,” she said. “She knew a lot of people. She had a big heart.”

Amy’s Awareness Run, another recent fundraiser, generated $1,800 for Adalee and her father, Travis Wayne.

About 130 runners nationwide signed up and donated different amounts of money depending on how many miles they planned to run. 

The “virtual run” was organized by an online community for “running moms.” It allowed people to participate from any location at any time, and run or walk as many miles as they chose.

The only requirement was that they run or walk between Nov. 26, the one-month anniversary of the accident, and Dec. 2. 

“We are very honored to be able to raise that amount of money for Amy’s family,” said Lanae Bays, a Morgan Hill-based “running mom.”

In addition to collecting money for the Wayne family, the run aimed to raise awareness about running safety. 

Wayne was abiding by pedestrian laws and wearing a safety light at the time of the accident, but the women hope the event will increase vigilance among both runners and drivers.

A donation website set up by employees of Sonora AT&T, where Travis Wayne works, has raised nearly $7,000 since it was created a few days after the Oct. 26 accident. 

Wayne was hit by a 1999 Toyota while she was jogging south on Jamestown Road about 6:30 a.m.

The driver, Tashina Hatler, 22, of Jamestown, was traveling about 40 mph when she hit Wayne. Hatler told investigating officers she didn’t see the jogger.

A CHP officer conducted a sobriety test at the scene and determined Hatler was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.