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. Last weekend, David Ewart was the final family member to be released from the Grossman Burn Center. 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.
Last night's Scrapbooking Event was fabulous! It was so impressive to watch an entire "Cropping room" filled with bright, talented women creating some of the most beautiful scrapbook pages you ever saw! Novices rolled up their sleeves and gave this "scrapbooking thing" a whirl - and their pages came out wonderfully. David is going to be blown away when he receives his bookS. That was not a typo - we had so many pages, it won't all fit in one book! It's looking like about 5-6 books...but he'll have to wait a little longer because we still have some people working on the finishing touches and adding more pictures/pages. We hope to be able to present the books to David at the Benefit Comedy Show in March! We want to thank Lamppost Pizza for donating dinner to these hard working ladies. The 5 large pizzas were more than enough to energize this group! We also want to thank Michele's for donating their deliciously decadent cupcakes with whipped cream frosting. Mmmm, Mmm. The dinner of champions! Thanks to Michelle Crawford for arranging the catering portion of the evening! Also, thank you to the following Scrapbooking Ladies for lending their talent: Barbara Garrison, Maria Chittum, Cinda Noonan, Monica Bellows, Audrey Davis, Sandy Watson, Angie Carnelli, Michelle Crawford, Linda Skvarna, Sandy Cook, Linda Cavataio, Tammy Gavilan and, of course, yours truly. Last, but not least, we want to thank Patricia Teichert, owner of Remember When...Scrapbooking for donating the use of her store for our event, and for providing all the products needed to create these masterpieces of treasured photographic memories for a most deserving family.
DAVID - On Saturday, Mary Berg reports that David went with his Church friends to see the movie, "End of the Spear". It is the moving true story of missionaries going into the jungle in Ecuador 50 years ago. It looked just like Peru! After the film, they went to have Peruvian food. David is doing so well and is so happy to be alive! Mary had mentioned to him that his attitude must help him a lot when he has those depressing, down and ugly moments. He told her there weren't any! He said there was no way he could be depressed, especially when he thinks of Michael and Michael's attitude...which is just as positive. Those two are very special men!
MICHAEL is continuing his healing journey. There is no new news to report.
* Thank you to Judi Corfino, Sid Page and Alexis Yannich for your quick response in obtaining the clothing items needed for David. He is going to be such a happy camper when he sees his new duds. We really appreciate you putting forth the time & effort to get these much needed items.
* The families are so appreciative of all the meals that are coming home! Please understand that they do have a very rigorous schedule, so if you happen to bring a meal and they are not home, please try not to take it personally - also, please understand that your meal will be savored and enjoyed by the whole family. Sometimes David or Michael may not be home when the meal arrives - this could be due to physical therapy appointments, or some "mental healing" with friends. They are very aware of who is bringing meals and they are as grateful as they can be for the outpouring of help in their time of need.
* Remember, if you'd like to see David or Michael, you can contact Mary Berg at (661) 259-2877 or e-mail her at email@example.com . She will be happy to schedule you in for a visit. Again, due to the vast amount of doctors appointments and the nature of their injuries, your appointment may at times need to be rescheduled. We all appreciate your understanding in this matter.
* "Where there is Love, there is Hope" Creative Card Contest - Stay tuned for details for an upcoming creative art contest. The winning designs will be used to produce blank printed cards that will be packaged and sold. All proceeds will benefit the Ewarts and winners will receive a wonderful prize! This contest/fund raiser helps tie-in David and his family's love for the arts while also raising money for the family. Heartfelt thanks to Noli Wiesen for coming up with this fun idea that can involve the entire community!!
* David's neighbors on Via Escovar are organizing a special block garage sale fund raiser. It is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2006 from 7:00am to 11:00am. Please stop by, take a stroll around the block and be ready to find some amazing treasures for yourself or your family! All proceeds will be donated to the Ewart Catastrophe Fund.
*** GENERAL INFORMATION: ***
* SCC Fund Raising - The breads from www.butterbraid.com  are amazing!!! . Check out their website at the above address, and remember that the Ewarts will get 40% of the cost! The retail price is $10.00 each. Simply send a note detailing the quantity & flavor of the breads you'd like & send a check ($10 per loaf - no tax) to: Imagination Station, PO Box 220983, Newhall, CA 91321, attn: Josy. As soon as we receive payment, we will process your order. Please make checks payable to "SCC Fund Raising". Free delivery to all SCV residents. If you live out of the area, we will advise you of a particular date/location for you to come pick up your order from. If you have a group (i.e. work office, church, temple, scouts, youth group, school, sports team, etc., that would like to sell these items, we will be happy to help you coordinate that effort). Thanks to SCC Fund Raising for this fantastic & unique opportunity!
* Here's a fun way to help the Ewarts. A long-time friend of David's, Zoe, has an E-Bay store. She has set aside 8 items for the Ewart Fund - if you win the auction, you'll not only have a warm and sparkly heart, but also something to give as a gift or keep for yourself! Please visit: www.simplyzoe.com , and bid on the following items: 5081378728, 5081380096, 5081380563, 5081381399, 5081382430, 5081383315, 5081384128, 5081385135...and 5081388227
* If you have items that YOU would like to sell on E-Bay...but you're not sure if they will sell, or you are not sure how to go about putting them up, please contact Zoe at: firstname.lastname@example.org  and she will help determine the items' sellability. If the items are small enough, she will even offer to have you ship the items to her & she'll put them on the website for the Ewarts.
* In case anyone would like to have money wired directly into the Ewarts Catastrophe Account, here is the info you will need: Routing Number is: 121000248 (this is considered a "wire"). The account number at Wells Fargo is: 8606-155136, and the name on the account is "David Ewart Catastrophe Fund". To clear up any confusion, the funds in this account are for David AND Michael.
Remember to check the websites... http://www.EwartAid.org 
and Jonathan's website: http://email@example.com/ 
*** SPECIAL REQUEST ***
* David, a professional violinist in LA had several violins, bows and a viola in his home on December 20th all of which were lost as a result of the tragic fire. This unfortunate loss included several bows by Sartory, Hill and Nurenberger and a fine Italian violin by Jannarius Gaglianus, made in 1765. Anyone who knows David, knows that the music continues to live in his heart, his soul and his spirit. He can't possibly keep it bottled up inside - his music must be shared with not only the community...but the world. If there is anyone who might have a Jannarius Gaglianus violin in their possession, would they consider letting David use it to share his beautiful music once again? It would be a most amazing blessing if we could help to reunite a masterful violinist with an instrument worthy of his talents.
* Is there a friendly attorney or IRS person out there that could help us file for 501 (c) 3 status (non-profit / charity status)? It sounds like this is a lengthy process with lots of paperwork - we want to make sure all the proper documents are filed on behalf of the Ewarts. This is a little out of our realm of expertise, so any advice would be more than welcome.