Saturday November 17, 2012

WEST DOVER -- An auction benefit for a young woman hit in a pedestrian accident is going to bring together 500 to 600 people on Sunday at the 1846 Tavern at the West Dover Inn.

"It's a benefit to help a dear friend and her family," said First Trax Ski Shop owner and an organizer for this event, Mark Wallace. "To one: Lift the spirits of the community up because it happened so far away. And two: Help the family raise money for short-term and long-term rehabilitation."

Community members are eager to help Amy Werner and her family. She is 23 years old and had lived in Dover with parents Rich and Regina. Her father is a town police investigator and the fire chief in West Dover. She has a brother named Jeremy.

Amy went to London, England, to follow her dreams and get her master's degree in marketing and event planning.

She was involved in the accident on Saturday night and her parents are currently at her side in a hospital in London.

Right now, Amy is doing better, according to Wallace. She is still heavily sedated in an induced coma, and has had to go through multiple operations to repair her arm and leg. Contrary to some reports that people had been hearing, she suffered only one broken leg.

Amy had some facial fractures. Her pelvis was broken, too, and there is a concern with the swelling of her brain.

Wallace expects a big turn-out for the event, which goes from 1 to 5 p.m. It costs $20, which includes food, drink and access to multiple auctions.


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"I'm looking forward to putting my arms around everyone, thinking about Amy, praying for her well-being and raising money, so that her parents can concentrate on nursing Amy back to health, so they don't have to worry about the hardship and financial burdens put on them."

There will be live auction items, a silent auction with plenty of merchandise and a raffle with tickets in a cup that will be pulled at some point during the afternoon.

An Amy Werner Benefit Fund has been created at Merchant's Bank, that is statewide and "quite possibly throughout New England," Wallace said. People can donate at any bank. Donations have been made throughout Vermont, including Manchester. Funds can be dropped off at any of the Merchant's Bank locations.

Items that involve traveling, which will be auctioned off, include one week at Myrtle Beach, a one-week stay at Longboat Key, which is off the west coast of Florida and a one-week stay at the Orlando Sheraton Vistana resort.

Tickets to sporting events that will be auctioned include five tickets to the Red Sox-Orioles game, four tickets to the Jets-Patriots game this Thursday and tickets to the Jets-Chargers on Dec. 3.

Locally, events being auctioned off are a Snowcat ride for eight at Mount Snow with dinner at Harriman's, as well as a Cadillac Snowcat ride for four, up to the top of the Haystack with a champagne toast as the CAT goes up the mountain. Upon reaching the top, a dinner will be provided.

First Trax donated a ski of choice, which will allow the winner to come into the store and choose whatever skis they want. POC Helmets donated a helmet and goggle package of choice. A boot heater is another product that will be available for attendees to bid on.

"Amy and her family are so well-respected and loved in the community. It's time to pay it forward."

People who cannot make it to the event but would like to participate are allowed to enter their maximum bid by e-mailing Kristen Wallace at kristen@firsttraxsportsshop.com.

Donations can be made to Deerfield Valley Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1150, West Dover, VT 05356. To donate an item to the auction, call Kristen Wallace at 802-464-3464.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com