Update: Dustin Brown said on Twitter Thursday that the proceeds would be going to the YMCA playground project and to restoring Cass Park Rink.

Mayor Myrick, who at City Hall Wednesday had said donations would go to victims of the Simeon’s crash, said Thursday that he defers to Brown’s statement.


Ithaca, N.Y. — Stanley Cup winner Dustin Brown’s upcoming visit to Ithaca will include raising money for those affected by the fatal crash at Simeon’s Restaurant, Mayor Svante Myrick said Wednesday night.

An Ithaca native and the captain of the Los Angeles Kings, Brown will bring the Cup to Cass Park on Saturday, the mayor said. It’s the second time in three years Brown has taken the Cup to Ithaca.

Brown and his wife Nicole were “pretty shaken up” by news of the tragedy on the Commons, in which 27-year-old pregnant mother Amanda Bush was killed by a runaway tractor-trailer, Myrick said.

The fundraising efforts in Cass Park will take place Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Myrick said at Wednesday’s Common Council meeting.

Myrick also noted that there will be a fundraiser for staff at Simeon’s Restaurant at Stewart Park Tuesday at 6 p.m.

(We don’t have more details yet on the nature of the fundraiser but will let you know when we do.)

The United Way of Tompkins County set up a fund in Bush’s honor.

From the United Way website:

“We are grateful for our caring community and the overwhelming response to the Simeon’s tragedy.

The family of Amanda Bush has designated United Way of Tompkins County as the agent for direct contributions for memorial gifts.

Your gift to The Amanda Bush Memorial Fund will support expenses related to the funeral service and ongoing child care needs.

United Way of Tompkins County will cover all administrative expenses for this fund so 100% of your donation will assist the family.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.