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Ewart Family: Friday Update

Here’s the latest update on the Ewart Family. In the early morning on Tuesday, December 20th, fire destroyed their Valencia home. Six family members were in the house at the time, three were seriously injured and sent to the Grossman Burn Center.  Since the fire, our Valley has jumped in to assist.  This is the latest update courtesy of neighbors, Josy and Steve Block.

MICHAELMichael is enjoying his visitors.  He is working hard at his physical therapy and he is hoping to be released on Saturday.  So far everything is on "target" for him to be released!  This is great news!  He will use the time this weekend to get settled into his new surroundings and then will be ready for some scheduled visitors next week.  He is still at high risk for infections, so this advice remains in effect:  If you are not feeling 100%, please do not visit until you are better.  Please schedule all visits through Mary Berg (contact information below)

DAVID - David is very happy to be off the respirator.  He is now speaking in a whisper.  He should be moved out of ICU, hopefully within the next 24 hours.  He is feeling better - almost too good.  He is already threatening to start "doing things" for pending school projects.  That's David for ya - always thinking of others first.  We will let you know when he is officially out of ICU and when he will be able to have visitors.  Again, all visitations will be scheduled through Mary Berg (661) 259-2877 mndberg@aol.com

*** NEW AND EXCITING ***

*  The kids at Hart High have done an amazing job at raising funds for Michael.  This is just their first of many events.  They took up a collection going from class to class, and (are you sitting down?)....they earned more than $8,000!!!!!  This is outstanding news!!  We are so proud of the students at Hart for their degree of compassion and caring for their fellow classmate.  It is difficult to find the words to express our gratitude to these fine students & friends, but knowing they have really MADE A DIFFERENCE in a family's life is something they can be proud of.  The Ewarts will never forget this!  Thank you to Mr. Fuller, for putting out an "all call" Tuesday night to explain to everyone what Wednesday's collection was all about.  And thanks to Jamie Stewart, ASB President for all her efforts in coordinating this event and communicating everything to us.

*  Thank you to Deborah Mann for organizing the Prayer Meeting tonight.  There were about 45 friends & neighbors, teachers & coaches, musicians and strangers gathered at the paseo near David's home coming together to offer prayers for each of the Ewart family members.   

* Someone has asked if they could have a portion of their regular paycheck automatically deposited into the David Ewart Catastrophe Fund.  We called the bank and learned that if you are a Wells Fargo customer, you can stop into any branch and request an "Automatic Transfer" and they will take care of the rest.  If you are not a Wells Fargo customer, you should first check with your company's HR department to see if it's ok to transfer money into an account that doesn't have your name on it.  If approved, you can contact the bank and they will provide the rest of the information you need to do so.

*Blood Drive - Thursday, January 19, 2006 from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Small gym at Hart High School.  Everyone is welcome to come.  17 year olds are allowed to donate with a signed parent permission slip that they can pick up in the ASB Office, and obviously anyone 18 and over is welcome to donate blood.

* New West Symphony - David was scheduled to be playing with the New West Symphony this week, January 8th through 14th.  Many of the musicians were moved after they heard the explanation of what had happened.  In addition to offering to help us with some upcoming events, they have inserted a flyer into the concert programs for January 13 & 14, in Oxnard and Thousand Oaks.  It may also be inserted into the NWS Wadsworth programs January 12 (tonight).  The flier begins with "A Member of the New West Symphony Family Needs Your Help..." and it continues to describe the fire and the resulting injuries.  The flier continues with identifying ways people can help.  In the lobby of the theater, they are going to have a violin case into which patrons may drop cash or a check.  We thank the New West Symphony for their extreme generosity in reaching out to help the Ewarts. 

Vince Falzone is a local recording artist, a musician.  He is known by many in the SCV community.  He has a weekly radio interview on KHTS and his music show is aired on SCVTV every Friday and Saturday night.  Since late last year, he had planned a CD Release Party at SCVARTS in late February.  Now he has decided that he wants to donate half of all sales at the event to the Ewarts' Catastrophe Fund (including ticket sales, CD sales).  He wants to also take additional donations for the fund and pass it on to the family.  We will keep you posted on the details which will be forthcoming.

Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company  has donated several gift certificates for the Ewart family to use whenever they'd like - either for dining in or to take back home.  Thank you to Laina McFerren for sending these over - the Ewarts will be thrilled!!

 

***** REMINDERS OF UPCOMING EVENTS: ******

 
Remember to check the websites... http://www.EwartAid.org
 
 
* Friday, January 13, 2006 - Free Community Scrapbooking event at Old Orchard 2 Clubhouse, located at: Avenida Entrana, just off of Lyons Avenue in Valencia.  Please contact Linda Cavataio to reserve your spot Lindacavataio@sbcglobal.net
 
* Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20 at 7:00pm at Hart Auditorium - Hart Show Choir "Cabaret" Show.  $10/premier seat, $8 for regular seats and $6 for students, children, seniors & all others.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ewart Family.  Tickets may be purchased by Hart Show Choir members, or at the Choir Room from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, January 14, or you can contact Gail Hart at ghart@hartdistrict.org to arrange for tickets.
 
Sunday, January 22, 2006 - Blood Drive (for the Ewarts and Ryan Baker) and Bone Marrow Registry for Ryan Baker.  Newhall Church of the Nazarene - 23857 The Old Road, Newhall, CA 91321 (661) 259-5272 - Peggy is the secretary
 
Monday, January 23, 2006 - 10am to 12pm - KHTS AM-1220, Santa Clarita's Hometown Station is planning a 2-hour community radio program devoted to the Ewarts.  The program will be live from the Westfield Valencia Town Center kiosk.
 
Saturday, January 28, 2006 - Free Community Scrapbooking event at Remember When...Scrapbooking, located at 23407 Lyons Avenue in Valencia from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.  There are 8 spots available.  A Professional Scrapbook Designer/Teacher will be available for consultations if you are new to scrapbooking.  Products will be provided for you to work on pages for the Ewart's Scrapbook and/or you can bring your own items.  Please BRING PICTURES of the Ewarts.  A neighbor of the Ewarts has volunteered to bring her scanner to this event, so if you have photos that you don't wish to part with, please bring them & they can be scanned & returned to you right then & there. 
 
Tuesday, February, 7, 2006 - The Musicians Union, Local 47 is organizing a Blood Drive at the Local 47 Auditorium from 10am until 5pm.  It is located at 815 Vine Street in Hollywood.  The Providence Blood Donor Center will provide everything, right down to juice & cookies.  And every donor will receive a coupon for a free "pint" of ice cream from Baskin Robbins.  Please call (323) 993-3159 to sign up.  Walk-ins are available and soon there will be a web site available to sign up electronically.
 
Sunday, March 19, 2006 Benefit Comedy Show at J.R.'s Comedy Club at Marie Callendars.  "G" Rated comedy for the whole family.  $20.00 per person - the entire show amount is to be donated to the Ewart Catastrophe Fund.  Dinner (optional) at 5:30 - cost $22 or $29.  First Show:  7:00pm to 8:30pm, Late Show:  9:00pm to 10:30pm.  Please email me if you would like to be added to the interest list.  We will contact you when tickets are available.
 
 
***** WITH GREAT APPRECIATION *****
 
*  Thanks to Keefe Ferrandini and the folks at Buena Vista Home Entertainment for their efforts in pulling all the musical scores that David performed in to help replace his library collection.  This will mean so much to him!  We want to thank Dennis Dreith, EOPF,  and his amazing staff for their efforts in helping to compile the list of projects that David has worked on!
 
 
***** ITEMS NEEDED *****
 
We need items to be used as raffle prizes at the Comedy Night at J.R.'s on Sunday, March 19th.  Please send us an email if you can offer a service, gift certificate, basket or gift to be raffled off with all proceeds going to the David Ewart Catastrophe Fund.
 
Pictures - we need more pictures of the Ewarts to be used for our Scrapbook projects.  Please send pictures to:  Imagination Station, PO Box 220983, Newhall, CA 91321 Attn:  PICTURES.  OR, you can bring pictures to either of the planned Scrapbook Events...OR you can email them to this email address:  Blocktalk@pacbell.net
 
Stories - We are hoping to get more stories of how David or the family has touched your life...made you laugh...inspired you...or anything else.  It doesn't have to be anything fancy, and it doesn't have to be long - even just a paragraph or a few lines.  Just drop us an email - we are hoping to include these stories in a memory book for the family.