A college football kickoff party will take place in Aiken Friday night, but it won’t be all fun and games.
The ‘Pep Rally in the Alley’ is a fundraiser for Project Sandman, the ongoing effort to purchase a new K-9 officer for the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
The initiative began to honor the memory of fallen officer Master Corporal Sandra “Sandy” Rogers. She was killed in the line of duty more than two years ago.
“She was friends with a lot of people in town,” said Dr. Philip Jordan, the event organizer. “When you get actively involved in people’s memory, it really helps people heal. The different fundraisers that have gone on have really been successful.”
Organizers say they need about $8,000 to meet their goal. They are confident they may reach that goal tonight, thanks to donations from sponsors and musicians performing for free.
“All the money that we have, after all the bills are paid, are all going to the charity, every bit of it,” said Jordan.
There is no admission fee, but the group will be asking for donations at the door. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Alley in downtown Aiken.