Charlotte runners raise money for sisters hurt in Boston bombings

Charlotte runners raise money for sisters hurt in Boston bombings

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 11:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Members of the NoDa Brewing Run Club meet every Wednesday to run one, three or five mile loops around the NoDa area.

This Wednesday night though, there were a few more runners.

Roughly 500 people showed up to participate in "Beers for Boston."  The fundraiser aims to help Charlotte couple Michael and Nicole Gross, and Nicole's sister Erika Brannock, who were all injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.

NoDa Brewing Company partnered with local food trucks, businesses and band 'Putney's End' for the event.  People attending were encouraged to run the loop of their choice, then stay for food, beer and entertainment.

Portions of all the sales go to the 'Be Strong, Stay Strong' fund that was set up to help pay for Nicole Gross and Erika Brannock's medical bills.  Gross has had several surgeries and Brannock had part of her leg amputated.

The community hopes to raise close to $1 million for the family.  Organizers of Beers for Boston hope to know just how much the event raised by early next week.

People who couldn't make it to Beers for Boston, but still want to help, can click here.

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