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Hornell native, actor Bill Pullman, hosts benefit and premiere for local YMCA

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HORNELL, N.Y. (WENY) -- For a few hours, The City of Hornell transformed into Hollywood on Friday night, and it was all for a good cause! Actor and Hornell native, Bill Pullman, was in town for a meet and greet with fans, and for the premiere of one of his latest films.

Pullman has starred in dozens of features, including Spaceballs, Casper, and Independence Day.

The meet and greet was held at the Hornell Area YMCA on Center Street.

Pullman spoke about his time growing up in the area, he said, "I have a lot of brothers and sisters who live here, and it's a town that has a lot of heart, it has gone through some ups and downs because it was a railroad town and it went into decline. But, it has its own grace and dignity and a lot of great connections values that I carried with me."

One of Pullman's latest films,"The Ballad of Lefty Brown", is a western thriller. In the movie, Pullman's character searches for the man who killed his best friend.

"And I thought oh, that's a story that resonates with people, with audiences, it's not bloody, it's tense, but it's not anything you can't bring your whole family to," said Pullman.

Tickets to the event were $50, and proceeds from sales went towards the "Shawn Hogan YMCA Scholarship Fund", which is named after the former Mayor of Hornell, who retired on December 31st after 32-years of service. "We are going to have a big scholarship fund, and we are going to continue to sustain it, we are going to do events throughout the course of the year to help support that scholarship fund for the youth of this community," said Hogan.

After meeting with fans, Pullman joined hundreds of people the premiere for "The Ballad of Lefty Brown", which was held at the Spotlight Theater, just across the street from the Hornell Area YMCA.

Hogan said, "It is overwhelming, and it just goes to show you a guy like Bill, that has been successful but has never forgotten his hometown, always is around, has family, and is very committed to Hornell. He wants to see it prosper, and he wants to help any way he can."

"The Ballad of Lefty Brown" is available on iTunes, Amazon, Youtube, and Google Play.


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