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Rooftop effort for Goodwill surpasses goal in 15 hours

Janet Stanek wore two jackets and wrapped herself in a sleeping bag as she began early last Tuesday morning on the roof of an Orchard Park car dealership.

"And I was still frozen," she said.

The local advertising agency executive climbed atop West Herr Chevrolet on Southwestern Boulevard and vowed to stay on the roof until at least seven truckloads of donated goods were collected for Goodwill of Western New York. She brought along a tent, her laptop computer and a portable toilet.

Luckily, she didn't have to sleep on the roof. Nine trucks were filled by about 9 p.m., allowing Stanek to descend after about 15 hours.

"Western New York came through in a big way," said Stanek, who in 2007 went 50 feet in the air to stand on a billboard along the Niagara Thruway for 30 hours, raising $27,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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