At least 1,000 people flooded the Springside Inn Sunday afternoon to support Owasco Town Councilwoman Ashley Lattimore Melendez, who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at the end of last year.
Friends and family held a benefit and dinner for the 35-year-old woman, who is recovering at The Centers at St. Camillus in Syracuse.
Melendez's mother, Cindy Lattimore, stood in the inn's foyer, shaking the hands of hundreds.
"On behalf of the family, we're very grateful for the community's support and generosity," she said. "She's (Melendez) working very hard for her recovery."
Melendez's uncle, Terry Lattimore, said it was a shock when Melendez had a stroke. He thinks, however, that she will make a full recovery. He was also happy to see the turnout on Sunday.