To show their support, about 200 local community members showed up for a walk-a-thon at Escondido High School in her memory. Among the walkers were family, friends, and even strangers who said they have followed the coverage of Amber’s disappearance.
The four-hour event raised just shy of $18,000 through donations, raffle tickets and a silent auction.
“I had no expectation that people would be this marvelously generous to our Amber,” Amber’s grandmother Sheila Welch said.
All of the money raised will go to the Amber Dubois search fund.
At the end of the walk-a-thon, the crowd heard from Mark Klaas, whose daughter Polly Klaas, 12, was abducted at knife point by a stranger during a slumber party in her Petaluma home in October 1999. Polly’s body was found two months later and her killer was sent to California’s death row, reported the paper.
“Amber really has become the community’s child,” Klaas said. “We all have an investment now.”