A fundraiser to help raise money for the Lexy Hughan Memorial Fund has gained momentum thanks to donations from the community.
Alexis Hughan was killed on December 31 in Jamestown in a hit-and-run accident.
Hughan has been active in many areas within the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts program. She was actively involved in music, drama, theater, dance and art. She has performed numerous times on the Infinity stage and in the community on piano, ukulele, vocals, and has also participated in dance groups, bands, and musical theater opportunities.
“Lexy’s mother, Sara, is an instructor at Infinity and is also our site coordinator, and she will help with the development of the classes to ensure they capture Lexy’s interests and the spirit behind her personality. We are honored. for being a small part of her life during her time here with us. Our thoughts continue to go out to the family and friends of Sara, Jeff and Lexy at this time,” said Shane Hawkins, executive director of Infinity.
Infinity was first approached by local community member Missy Paterniti to help start Lexy’s memorial fund.
“After learning about the tragedy in my hometown and knowing both of Lexy’s parents, I wanted to do something special,” Paterniti said. “I contacted a buddy (owner of Ballgame Heroes in Jamestown) and he didn’t hesitate to donate a Josh Allen jersey. I thought it was perfect since I learned how much this young girl (age 15) was passionate about Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and what they offer students in the area. Her passions were those of an adult. I’m glad this fundraiser has was created and I am happy that it will help many students in the region.
Ballgame Heroes, donors of the Josh Allen jersey, added, “Sometimes, unfortunately, it takes a tragedy to show how tight-knit a small town can be. When we come together collectively, we can do a lot of good. Ballgame Heroes thoughts are with Lexy’s family.
What started as an autographed jersey giveaway from Josh Allen quickly grew into a much larger footprint than Infinity expected, with three additional autographed jerseys donated by members of the community; Gib Taylor, Exceptional Stars Athletes, and a donor who wished to remain anonymous.
The range of Buffalo Bills jerseys now available for Infinity’s Lexy Hughan Memorial Fund raffle include; Josh Allen, Zack Moss, Eric Molds and Fred Jackson. Each jersey is autographed.
“On behalf of the children of Exceptional Stars Athletics, we are honored to help support Lexy’s memorial fund,” said Rich Bianco, director of Exceptional Stars Athletes. “We believe that music and theater are incredibly valuable to our young people in today’s society. It’s obvious that music and theater were an important part of Lexy’s life, which is why we at ESA think it’s important that we support this.
Raffle tickets are $20 each and are available through January 26 at Ballgame Heroes in Jamestown, Sneakers Bar in Jamestown and Infinity Center in Jamestown or online at www.infinityperformingarts.org/shop. The winner does not need to be present to win. The winners will be drawn at Sneaker’s Bar on January 27, which would have been Alexis’ 16th birthday.
“Lexy has always been one to help others; whether it was a new or younger student who needed encouragement or a peer who needed a friend,” said Stephanie Rogers, Infinity’s grants and marketing coordinator. “She made everyone feel welcome. That’s really what this memorial fund will be for; create more classes at Infinity Center than Lexy would have liked or wanted to see happen at Infinity. And of course, we will instill those same values of kindness, friendship, encouragement and confidence building that Lexy also embodied in the classes.
For more information about Infinity, Lexy’s Memorial Fund, or to register for lessons and classes with one of Infinity’s instructor mentors, visit www.infinityperformingarts.org/register or contact Infinity at 716-664- 0991 or [email protected] Infinity currently offers in-person and virtual learning options.