Batavia, New York— On Saturday, October 15, 2011, Genesee Community College’s on-campus housing, College Village, will sponsor a benefit for senior resident assistant, friend, and colleague, Pubudu Pattiyage. This benefit, “Love for Pubudu,” will raise vital funds for Pubudu who was hospitalized throughout the month of September in the Neuro ICU of Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital in Buffalo with a brain hemorrhage. He was released from the hospital on September 26 and will endure speech and physical therapies as well as future procedures. The benefit will be a spaghetti dinner with a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. The dinner will run from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Forum at the Batavia Campus of GCC.
Pubudu is 29 years old and an international student from Sri Lanka. He is the son of Lionel Peiris and Ranjini De Silva. His sister, Nirosha Peiris has been in Buffalo with Pubudu since the day of his brain hemorrhage. Pubudu has shown extreme courage and patience while going through this ordeal. Most times he asked how everyone else was doing when they visited him. Pubudu and the entire college community are looking forward to him getting back to “normalcy.”
“Pubudu has not just been our colleague or classmate, but a dear friend to many of us here at GCC,” Ellen Brokaw, assistant director of Residence Life at College Village said. “We hope we can assist him to get back to his normal, everyday life by raising funds to aid him with medical bills and other expenses.”
College Village has a large fundraising goal for “Love for Pubudu.” They have set a fundraising target of $5,000 that they hope can assist him with medical bills, traveling expenses, and overall living needs. Officals at College Village are seeking donations for the silent auction as well as monetary donations. To donate to the event please contact Ellen Brokaw, assistant director of Residence Life at College Village at 585-343-0163 or ECBrokaw@genesee.edu.
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