Outpouring of Donations and Support for Ashley Bunn

Nicole Ebat

OMAHA(KPTM)-- Love, support, happy memories and tears poured at Friday night's benefit supporting Ashley Bunn.

Bunn is in the hospital recovering after being shot in the face by her ex-boyfriend in February.

Police say Garrett Corn killed himself during the police chase.

Bunn has been in the hospital for about two weeks, but is just now starting to be able to speak.

"She's very determined to get through this and she has a very positive outlook on her recovery. There's been a couple setbacks already, but she's taking them all in stride," said Jacki Eckhart, a co-worker of Bunn's at the Elkhorn animal hospital.

The benefit was a collaboration between the animal hospital and Vatterott college where Bunn attended school. A silent auction and dinner was held to help raise money for Bunn's care.

"Anything we can do to help her since we can't take the pain away," said Nikki Dummar, who spearheaded the organization of the benefit.

The benefit was put together in a short amount of time, but still had a huge showing of donations and support, according to the program director for Bunn's vet-tech classes.

"The ball started rolling about 10 days ago and it hasn't stopped yet and it's gotten huge," said Dr. Joni Brunssen. "I'm amazed at the outpouring of support, the donations that have come in,"

People and Businesses that never met Bunn donated items for the auction and food for dinner.

Many of the items up for auction commemorated Bunn's love for animals.

Her friends and family say they know Bunn has a long road of recovery ahead, but that she'll have as much support as she needs to get there.

"God was with her," said Eckhart. "It really could have ended her life that day and we're really glad that she's here,"

If you could not make the benefit, but would like to help out, the family has set up a fund at Fremont National Bank under "Ashley Bunn and Family Fund"

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