Memorial run helps pets

Emily Laurie, Jessica Fryar, Lauren Blizzard, Maryanne Harrelson and Ashley Allen (left to right) were the Leslie McCravy 5K planners and can be credited for the success of the event.

More than 300 people turned up on Folly Beach last Saturday to participate in the Leslie McCravy 5K.

The run raised more than $17,000 to benefit Pet Helpers, a private, nonprofit adoption center and spay/neuter clinic that serves communities across the Lowcountry.

Those numbers may seem remarkably high considering it was the first time the event took place, and those in charge had no experience in event planning or fundraising.

The event honored Leslie McCravy and was planned by those who loved and knew her best. McCravy was slain on July 15, 2007.

A group of Leslie's close friends got together and decided to have a race in her honor that would benefit a local charity.

Jessica Fryar, one of the event planners, said, "Leslie loved animals, so we decided to meet with Pet Helpers. Instantly, we knew this was the right choice. Pet Helpers is an amazing organization who welcomed us with open arms when we approached them with our idea."

"The weather couldn't have been more perfect for a run at Folly Beach," said Emily Laurie, Pet Helpers public relations and events coordinator. "We were overwhelmed by the support of the Lowcountry. We are so honored that the McCravy family allowed Pet Helpers to throw an event in memory of Leslie."

Neville Miller was the men's overall winner with a time of 16:33.

Sopagna Eap was the women's overall winner with 17:38.