"He used to be one of our lead crew chiefs; he's been with us for over 10 years. Whenever there's a show, people ask for him by name. We're looking forward to the day when he can come back and work 40 hours a week," said co-worker George Studnicky Jr.
Bukovinsky's accident shook the whole community, and many wanted to do what they could to help. Insurance would not cover all of the costs of his medical needs, and due to the nature of his injuries and the extensive time and treatment that he would require to recover, his friends knew that he would need extra help to get though this uncertain time.
Thus Waynestock was born.
Studnicky, who has been a lifelong friend of Bukovinsky's, knew he had to step up to the plate and gather the community together for this cause. Together with the North Creek Fire Department and the other Johnsburg fire departments, and numerous friends and family members, Studnicky brought the idea for Waynestock to life.
"North Creek Fire had ideas, I had ideas, all the fire companies came together from Johnsburg and put in manpower, every department donated funds. They did 100 percent of the food, so proceeds from the food went directly to his cause," said Studnicky. "I put in quite a bit of time gathering donations. We had bands all day long, which Creative Stage Lighting was willing to put together; before we knew it, we had enough entertainment to last 10 hours. We had 50-50 raffles all day long, and an auction that went to all the local businesses for; we got gift certificates, merchandise, cash, etc. Everyone was very willing to give, so many people contributed. Everybody just pitched in whatever they could give."
This year's Waynestock, "Waynestock II" will be held in similar tradition, with good food, good friends and plenty of entertainment. According to Studnicky, Bukovinsky has set up a large portion of this year's benefit himself. And instead of funding the Bukovinsky family, this event will benefit other families who have experienced such hardships.