Friends of Cary murder victim Nancy Cooper held a 'casino-themed' event marking the anniversary of her death.
"It has added a lot of um...tension, stress...but also passion to our planning of this event," one of Nancy's friends Diana Duncan said.
Nancy Cooper, 34, disappeared on July 12, 2008. Her husband said she went out for a jog and never returned. Her body - clad only in a sports bra - was found in an unfinished Cary subdivision less than three miles from the couple's home.
On Friday, a jury found her husband, Brad Cooper, guilty of first-degree murder.
Organizers hoped to raise twenty-five thousand dollars at the event.
"And the fact that there was resolution this week has been tremendously, tremendously helpful," Duncan said.
All proceeds benefited Nancy's Butterfly Fund on behalf of the NC Coalition against Domestic Violence.