GoFundMe has worked with the state attorney general's office to create a central hub for every verified fundraising campaign connected to the limousine crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie last weekend.
The list follows conversations by GoFundme and the office of New York state Attorney General Barbara Underwood, according to a press release from Underwood's office. Every campaign included has been authenticated by GoFundMe to ensure donations will go to beneficiaries of the victims of the Oct. 6 accident. The list is available at gofundme.com/cause/schoharie-crash.
“New Yorkers are heartbroken by the Schoharie tragedy — and are eager to support the victims’ families as they deal with this unfathomable loss. We’re grateful to GoFundMe for partnering with our office and creating this centralized hub for verified campaigns, so that New Yorkers can rest assured that their donations will indeed support the victims’ families,” Underwood said in the press release.
The press release included tips for charitable giving before completing a donation, such as researching the organization they are considering, giving to established organizations and knowing what the charity would do with that money.
A Cayuga County man was one of the victims. Following the crash, state police identified Moravia resident and State University of New York at Oswego professor Brian Hough as one of the victims.
Hough, an assistant professor of geology at the college, and father-in-law, James Schnurr, 70, of Kerhonkson, were determined to have been pedestrians killed in the accident, according to Facebook posts by relatives and media reports. Hough had also been an adjunct professor in chemistry at Wells College in 2016.
A page has been set up by Hough's family with the stated goal of helping his wife, Jackie, and their son, Benny, "continue to strive for their dreams and future." That page is available at gofundme.com/houghschnurr-benefit.