AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - Friends and co-workers are coming together to support aUniversity at Buffalo graduate student seriously injured in a hitand run accident.
You gotta love western New York.
Mary May sure does, especially after seeing the dozens ofgenerous gifts donated for a fundraiser for her niece, AmyStewart.
Mary May said, "I mean this is wonderful. If she could see this,she would be amazed."
The 22-year-old University at Buffalo graduate student sufferedserious head trauma last month when struck by a hit-and-run driverwhile crossing Main Street near Daemen College.
Her friend Rachel Baird was also hurt.
Uno's on Maple Road is hosting the "Doughraiser," which was puttogether by Amy's fellow graduate students in the Department ofEducation.
Associate Dean of Graduate School of Education Jenifer Lawrencesaid, "The U.B., many people think it's a huge institution and umthe Grad School of Ed. is like a home."
Dean of Graduate School of Education Mary Gresham said, "It's asad reason, but I'm glad we're here. We love our students and wantto do anything we can for them."
Support for the event came early well before doors opened. Themanagers said they took in $1800 dollars worth of take out ordersfrom businesses in the community.
Uno's pledged to donate twenty percent of each check to Amy tocover medical expenses.
Uno's General Manager Marc Vavalle said, "Amy has a hugeinfluence in Glendale, Sweet Home, and uh we're glad to host theevent for her."
The hit and run triggered an intense police investigation.
A break in the case later led to the arrest of a 30-year-oldTonawanda woman. She remains in custody, while Amy continues torecover.
May said, "Every day is a little better, get a little more hopeevery day."
Amy's friends are amazed at the outpouring of support, atestament to Amy and her family.
Amy's friend Anne Nowak said, "I think it's the ripple effect.People don't understand how many lives they touch and she's toucheda lot of people."
Initially, Uno's was only doing a one-day fundraiser but due tothe response have extened it through Thursday.
If you drop by the Maple Road location between now and then,twenty percent of your check will be donated.
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