Shenendehowa High School students Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers were tragically killed in an accident on the Northway Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
Richard Bowman (left) owner of Collision Experts hands Bryan Leggett, president and founder of the Shen Memorials, a check for $3,222 raised during the Town of Clifton Park's Fourth of July celebration.
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – Members of the community joined together with Collision Experts to raise a total of $3,222 for the Shenendehowa Memorial Fund Fourth of July Fundraiser.
Collision Experts raised the funds, which benefit the memory of Deanna Rivers and Chris Stewart, two area teens who were killed in a 2012 car crash, at its booth in Clifton Commons during Fourth of July festivities, as well as through a Facebook campaign earlier this month. For every "like" the auto repair business received from July 4-6, it donated 50 cents.
A total of $722 was raised through both efforts and the business contributed another $2,500 to the memorials.
"The fundraiser was important to me because I'm a graduate from Shenendehowa," said Richard Bowman, owner of Collision Experts. "Because we're in the collision repair business, we understand what can happen in an accident. This was so severe; it impacted so many people's lives. We wanted to give back to the community and the families."
The Shen Memorials was created to support the families of those connected with the Dec. 1, 2012 car accident. Bryan Leggett, president and founder of Shen Memorials, said the families connected with the fund were grateful for the donations from the community.
"I could not be more thankful and appreciative of Collision Experts for what they have done, not only for the charity, but also the entire 518 community," Leggett said.