Erin's AAIM for Change 5K Run/Walk
The 8th annual Erin's AAIM for Change 5K Run/Walk was held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Centennial Park in Orland Park
Proceeds benefit the Erin E. Olmsted Memorial Scholarship Fund as well as AAIM. Erin Olmsted was killed by a drunk driver on March 2, 1997.
What is Erin's AAIM for Change
This past March marked the 17th Anniversary of Erin Elizabeth Olmsted's death, a beautiful 17 year old girl who was killed by a drunk driver.
Erin was a senior at Carl Sandburg High School, an Honor Student, Varsity Gymnastics Captain, and active Gymnastics Coach at Tumbling On U.S.A. in Orland Park. More importantly, she was a loving daughter, sister, and friend to many. Erin was a wonderful person. Her unexpected, sudden death devastated not only her family, but the community in which she lived. She has been missed each and every day.
Throughout the past seventeen years the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM), a non-profit organization based in Illinois, has been helping the Olmsted Family with constant emotional support. AAIM is committed to helping victims of drunk driving. Their help includes, but is not limited to, financial support, emotional support, legal support, and education regarding the consequences of driving while intoxicated.
Erin's sister, Kate, has been working alongside AAIM by speaking on Victim Impact Panels at High Schools, Universities, and Court Houses. Because AAIM is a non-profit organization, their various support programs are sponsored completely by donations.
From the beginning, our family wanted to do something to honor Erin. We wanted her memory to live on in the community she loved so much. As a result, the Erin E. Olmsted Memorial Scholarship was founded. These Scholarships are presented to deserving students at Carl Sandburg and Plainfield East High Schools, and over the past 17 years, $85,000.00 has been awarded to 47 recipients. In addition, over the last 7 years, $77,000.00 has been donated to AAIM as a direct result of this event.
Erin was killed just short of fulfilling her dream of graduating and going to college. With these scholarships, we hope that the recipients will take "a little piece of Erin" with them as they go off to college and always remember her dedication, hard work ethic and burning competitive spirit - that the sky is the limit and to make a difference in the world.
2014 was also the last Erin's Walk/Run event. AAIM will be forever grateful to the Olmsted family for their continued support of our mission and AAIM's victim's Assistant Fund in memory of their beautiful daughter, Erin.
Below are sentiments from the Olmsted family:
"It has been a great eight year run for Erin's AAIM for Change 5k Walk/Run, with over 500 participants each and every year. 2014 was the second highest attendance other than the first year, so we went out with a bang. 5k events have grown in number each and every year and are now very competitive with one in the area almost every weekend."
We are in the process of coming up with a new and innovative fundraising strategy in the near future. The Erin E. Olmsted Memorial Fund will continue to be a major supporter of AAIM in the future, as the work they do is very close to our hearts.
"Stay tuned for our next promotion, as we will need your help to continue our fundraising efforts, which help to stamp out drinking and driving and support the victims of drunk driving crashes."