Here’s the latest weekly 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. David and Michael Ewart were in the most serious condition. David was the final family member to be released from the Grossman Burn Center, weeks after the fire. Since the fire, our Valley has jumped in to assist as the Ewart’s recover. This is the latest update courtesy of neighbors, Josy and Steve Block.
MICHAEL has added a new doctor's office to his Physical Therapy repertoire - he is now visiting Vargo (local, here in Valencia), where David has been spending much of his days. While Michael will continue with his therapists in Burbank, this will reduce the number of times per week that he will have to travel to the Valley. Michael seems to enjoy the full range of "toys" at the new office - it is described as a "fancy sports gym". This week his appointment was at the same time as David's, so they got to "play" together. A nice little father-son bonding time. One of the things Michael liked best was being able to view the Baseball League on the TV there. He continues to go to occupational and physical therapy 5-6 times a week. His back continues to have open spots but they are clearing up a little. Michael's picture was in the Daily News on Saturday! Last Friday he participated in a Math contest sponsored by Lockheed and the Antelope Valley College. He and his partner Jason Chew took 1st place in the Freshman-Sophomore Division. Hart also won the Junior-Senior Division. Go HART!!!
DAVID continues with his therapies to strengthen his muscles and work on his fine motor skills. The last several times we have seen him, he has been dutifully wearing his sweat tank (otherwise known as his pressure garment). When he goes in for his physical therapy sessions, they like him to remove the pressure suit - which is music to David's ears - he is more than happy to oblige! LOL
Via Escovar Garage Sale - Attached is a flyer pertaining to this weekend's garage sale. Unless it is pouring rain, we are scheduled to proceed. All the details are attached - this has been shaping up to be a bargain hunters' dream come true - great values for a great cause! Please stop by if you can! Be sure to wear your walkin' shoes!
On Saturday night, March 11th, we attended the Vince Falzone CD Release Benefit party. It was a very entertaining evening, listening to the versatility of Vince and his talented band. The evening was a huge success and we want to thank Vince and his wife, Lily, for all their efforts in coordinating this benefit. We also want to thank the Canyon Theater Guild for providing the venue/staff to make this event a success. As an added bonus, we had the pleasure of seeing (and hearing) David play his violin!!! David had the opportunity to play a couple of songs that he had practiced earlier in the week with Vince - and much to everyone's delight, he was able to improv a couple of unplanned songs. It was amazing! Not a dry eye in the house!! (Or if there was, I couldn't see them past my own watery eyes).
In other news, the Hart Swim Team Bowling Fundraiser was another great event! There were 85 swimmers, parents, siblings, coaches and friends that turned out for the night. They were able to make a nice donation to the Catastrophe Fund. The best part was when Monica Bellows put her hand in the raffle barrel and pulled out Michael's name on the raffle ticket! She couldn't believe it! He won 4 Regal Movie Theater tickets!
Coming up this weekend (Sunday 3/19) is the Comedy Benefit Show at JR's Comedy club in Marie Callendars. We have some fun raffle prizes, including 2 foursomes of golf at Elkins Ranch...Dinner for 4 at Twin Palms restaurant in Pasadena...Gift Certificate for Napa Auto parts...Complimentary tickets for a show at the Canyon Theater Guild...a Tastefully Simple Basket of Yummy treats...a Movie Basket...A Potpourri of jewelry, a Cuisinart 5-speed electronic blender, and much more! We will have a full house - over 100 people!! All the Ewarts are planning to come - it will be a fun evening!! Although tickets are sold out, we are told that we may be able to plan a similar event somewhere down the line. Heartfelt thanks to Richard Varner for all his efforts in setting up this show. And thank you to Randy Lubas of JR's for so graciously donating his time, effort and facility to make this event come to fruition!
Next week (Thursday, March 23) is the Jay Leno Benefit at Hart High! We have a FULL HOUSE!! We will be sending out more details pertaining to this event under separate cover.
Bopping Bowling Bonanza - Spend three hours of bowling fun! Just get a team of 5 members of your family and/or friends together and join us for a fundraising event for the whole family on April 2, 2006 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. The cost is $125 per team. $75 per team will go to the Ewart Catastrophe Fund! Come to: Valencia Lanes, 23700 W. Lyons Ave. Santa Clarita. We will be looking for the teams with the three top scores, the most spirited team, the team with the best theme, and the best single player score! There are only 24 lanes! Eat at "Best Bite Pizza" (located at 23646 Lyons Avenue - next door to Valencia Lanes) anytime on April 2nd, and 10% of all sales will go to the Ewart Catastrophe Fund. You'll need to bring a flyer, so please go to: www.EwartAid.org, click on flyers and print one out to bring with you. Best Bite will also deliver your food and give us 10% of your order as well. To reserve a lane for your team, please email your information to: Sylvia Jacobowitz at: email@example.com or call (661) 288-1268. Incidentally, if you have young ones, we have a babysitter who will work on April 2nd in case parents want to bowl. We are setting up a table with arts and crafts for them. There will be a nominal charge.
Go the Distance: A Concert benefiting the Ewart Family. Join us for a concert of uplifting music from the Ewart Family, their friends and colleagues. Steve Amerson, often referred to as "America's Tenor" will perform the title song "Go The Distance" from the movie "Hercules" as well as "The Prayer" with soprano Leslie Garman. Randy Crenshaw, a busy studio musician and good friend of David Ewart will perform "You Raised me Up" made popular by Josh Groban. A string ensemble of Ewart family members and professional colleagues will provide accompaniment to several performances as well as a special piece of their own. In addition, Kristine Hedwall, violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic will be on the program. There will be many more talented professionals to round out the program. All proceeds will benefit the Ewart family. The concert will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 7:00pm at the Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA. Tickets are $25 each and limited to just 325 seats. Tickets may be purchased at the church. For more information, please call 255-1301.
Who wants to play a game? Zoe from Spokane had a fun idea for one of the scrapbooks...If you had to describe David with just ONE WORD, what would it be? Send it along via email & we'll incorporate it into a fun part of his scrapbooks. Don't hold back, and try to pick the word that best describes him as he really is. Have fun with it!!! We'll share the words (but not the names of who submitted it) with the group.