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$2.2 million in gifts sets university record

ALLEGANY -- St. Bonaventure University raised more than $2.2 million last year, breaking a school record for annual giving.

The $2.2 million given to the Bonaventure Fund during the 2006-07 fiscal year by 5,565 donors eclipsed the previous school record set during the 2005-06 fiscal year, university officials announced.

The Bonaventure Fund is the primary way alumni, parents and friends of the university give to the school to help support scholarships, financial aid, faculty development and improvements in facilities and programs.

"The involvement and support of our donors has been incredible," said Andrea Trisciuzzi, associate vice president for development and director of the campaign. "To have such a stellar year in unrestricted giving is an indication of the strong commitment our many supporters have for the university's mission and vision for the future."

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Former Medina mayor killed in Thruway crash

PEMBROKE -- Medina Trustee Donald Kennedy, a former village mayor, died late Sunday as the result of injuries suffered several hours earlier in a two-vehicle head-on collision on the Thruway near the Pembroke interchange.

Kennedy, 63, who had served as executive director of the Orleans County Industrial Development Agency, worked in his family-owned clothing store in Medina for 40 years. His wife, Patricia, 66, was seriously injured.

Their car was struck by a westbound sport utility vehicle driven by Valentina Dremine, 44, of Thornhill, Ont., who lost control and crossed the center median. The Thruway was closed in both directions for about an hour. Dremine was charged failing to reduce speed on a curve and driving across a median.

The Kennedys have six grown children.

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