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Waynestock II: The second annual benefit

NORTH CREEK - The second annual "Waynestock" will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Ski Bowl Pavilion in North Creek.

Waynestock was founded last year, previously held on Aug. 12, to benefit Wayne "Wayno" Bukovinsky and family of North Creek. Bukovinsky was seriously injured last April in a motorcycle accident on Golf Course Road near Cronin's Golf Course in Warrensburgh. After being airlifted from Cronin's, he was in a coma for three weeks, and his friends and family did not know if he would make it through that critical time. But he did make it, and has achieved a miraculous recovery since then, something his friends and family attribute to his remarkable will power and inner strength.

"Last year he was still in a wheelchair, unable to walk, just starting to get his speech back. Now he's doing well walking with a cane and speaking very fluently. He's back to enjoying life," said friend Steve Studnicky. "To watch his progress has been nothing short of amazing. For weeks on end we didn't even know if he would survive, let alone how he would recover. Just watching where he was to where he is now, I think that type of accident would have taken the life of most, but he has this strength, stamina and inner will. I would honestly expect nothing less of him; that's just his character."

And he is still making progress, Studnicky said.

"The doctors didn't think he'd be at this point." commented Bukovinsky's son Brian. "It's a very slow process, and he's still recovering. After a year, they think that the most major progress is made by that point, but he's still improving. It feels like he's making improvements every week still. It's all about his attitude."

Bukovinsky's friends and co-workers at his former place of work, Creative Stage Lighting in North Creek, refer to his character in regard to his amazing recovery, and look forward to having him back on the job.

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