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Community Participates in Fundraiser for Families of Fatal Accident Victims | Local


LAKE GEORGE – A fundraiser to benefit the families of those who lost their lives in the recent motorbike crash along Highway 9 received overwhelming support from the community on Wednesday.

To support family members, Danna Ellsworth, who is friends with the families of the victims, organized a fundraiser at Lake George Expedition Park, which she owns.

On Sunday, June 12, a motorcycle struck a group of six pedestrians on Route 9 at an entrance to the Warren County Bike Path, killing 38-year-old James A. Persons and 8-year-old Quinton Delgadillo, both of Lake George.

“My husband and I are friends with both families. We wanted to support them as best we could,” Ellsworth said Wednesday at the event.

Delgadillo’s mother, Jasmine Luellen, was taken to Albany Medical Center after being injured in the crash. Ellsworth said Wednesday that Luellen has since been discharged from hospital.

The other three pedestrians, all children, are unharmed.

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Delgadillo’s father was at the fundraiser.

Fundraising began at 2 p.m., with admissions by donation only. Live music was provided by Rich Ortiz and Dirt Cheap, and there were a variety of different food trucks.

The support was overwhelming, with over 150 gift baskets and items auctioned off. All proceeds will go to Luellen and her family.

Ellsworth said that in addition to generous donations from everyone in attendance – of which there were at least 200 people – many of those unable to attend still found time to make a quick stop to donate.

Ellsworth said the gift baskets and silent auction items came from businesses and community members in Lake George, Bolton Landing, Queensbury, Warrensburg, Glens Falls and other communities.

Nany volunteers helped organize the event.

Volunteer Vincenzia Fasulo is a graduate of Lake George High School and her mother is a teaching assistant at the school who knew Delgadillo and her family.

Fasulo said she was selling raffle tickets that were 10 for $10.

“I was talking to Danna and she was just saying they get so many donations, like it’s almost overwhelming how many people give them gift cards. It’s really amazing how the community has come together,” said Fasulo.

The Lake George Fire Department and New York State Police also showed their support by attending.

State Trooper TJ McHugh said State Troopers were there to support family members who suffered the tragedy and to show that they are part of the community.

The investigation into the fatal accident is ongoing.

The operator of the crashed motorcycle was Anthony Futia, who was taken to Albany Medical Center in critical condition. Private Stephanie O’Neil said Futia was still admitted to hospital on Tuesday and there was no further information at this time.

Drew Wardle is a journalist for The Post Star. You can contact him at 518-681-7343 or email him at dwardle@poststar.com.

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