The Crouse Memorial Fund exceeded expectations as online donations climbed to $131,600.
However, that number does not include money raised at recent fundraisers in Falls Church, Va. and San Diego. Bethany Darnley, the movement’s founder and a senior human development major, said she hopes to have raised about $7,000 at those locations.
The current tally also does not include physical donations brought to banks, or cash and checks people have sent in.
Shortly after the Dec. 8 campus shootings, when Ross Ashley shot and killed Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek Crouse, Darnley created the fund with the help of Drew Jenkins, a senior communication major.
The nation watched as Hokies for Crouse started receiving money exponentially. In addition to the countless contributions from individuals, BookHolders is giving proceeds from donated books, Run About Sports gave funds from its annual 5k and the Richmond Alumni Association presented a large sum.
The money will be used to help the Crouse family in their time of financial need.
“When I met Mrs. Crouse, it was really moving,” Darnley said. “It was great to see that the money was going to a great cause. We’re really glad to be able to help.”