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Bartow Amazin' Race exceeds $100,000 goal
by Monica Burge
August 29, 2013 12:07 AM | 3146 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 12 teams of Amazin’ Racers competing in the Bartow Amazim’ Race, who were teamed up to raise money for Bartow County resident Kim Cowart, who is in need of both kidney and pancreas transplants, were greeted at the starting line Aug. 23 by a roar of cheers from more than 1,600 students and Team Kim supporters as they skydived from a plane circling above.

By 5:30 p.m. the following day, Wanda and Kevin Stephenson crossed the finish line first as the winners of the challenges.

Kim and Brad Cowart’s daughter Madison and her team partner Drew McKaig were the fundraising challenge winners with their team raising more than $24,000 at that point.

The total funds raised topped $102,000.

Filled with emotion Brad Cowart, Kim’s husband, told the hundreds of people who attended the finish line festivities hosted at Pettit Creek Farms “In late May we learned of Kim’s kidney failure and lifesaving need for both kidney and pancreas transplants. My good friend Patrick Nelson, the owner of Georgia Fitness Academy, had long had the idea for Bartow’s Amazin’ Race. When we told people about Kim’s needs – within hours all 12 teams of racers had signed up, and we had our first $2,000 sponsor. The tremendous show of support from our friends, family and the community has been amazing.”

During the two days, in addition to skydiving, some of the other challenges included a rigorous set of activities at the Fire Training Center, canoeing, finding and photographing specific cars amongst the 34 acres and 4,500 cars at Old Car City and drinking a “special” concoction prepared for them at City Swirl.

“Two years ago I had the idea for Bartow’s Amazin’ Race, yet never did I envision that the idea would be put to such good use and for such a wonderful family. We are deeply touched and grateful by everyone’s generous show of support. We spun on a dime and pulled this off within two months. It took all of the 30 plus corporate sponsors, nearly 700 individual donors and close to 100 volunteers to execute this event and ultimately raise over $102,000 as collective members of Team Kim. We exceeded our ambitious fundraising goal and could not be more grateful and proud.” said event creator and chair, Nelson.

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