A Guyton woman wasn’t able to attend a fundraiser held on her behalf Saturday, but the attendance reflected how many people are thinking about her.
Friends, colleagues and total strangers turned out for a raffle, car wash and dunk tank at Hooters of Savannah to raise money for Adrianna Flowers. Flowers, 22, suffered multiple injuries on June 6 when her car was hit head-on by a man driving with a suspended license, and she remains in the hospital.
“She wanted to be here today, but obviously she still has a little bit of time in rehab,” said friend Kacee DeVore. “She is just overwhelmed with the donations, the support, the prayers, everything. She is so grateful.”
Flowers’ 4-year-old son Owen died as a result of the head-on collision investigators say was caused by Robert Kenneth Waugh, 38, of Guyton. Flowers has left the hospital only to attend her son’s June 13 funeral.
DeVore works as a patient care technician at Memorial Health University Medical Center, and said she has been visiting Flowers every day Monday-Friday.
“She is doing very well physically. She is on the road to recovery,” DeVore said. “Emotionally, I’m sure anyone can imagine how that would be — that’ll never go away — but physically she’s doing much better.”
Amber Gorlesky organized the fundraiser after visiting her friend in the hospital just three days after the crash. She was inspired to do something to help after seeing the strength Flowers was showing under the life-changing circumstances.
A steady flow of cars streamed through the Hooters parking lot for the car wash, and donors contributed to the raffle and dunk tank. The event raised $4,488 toward Flowers’ mounting medical bills and the expenses from Owen’s funeral, according to Gorlesky.
The money from Saturday is in addition to the nearly $16,000 donated so far to the account DeVore established for Flowers on the fundraising site www.GoFundMe.com.