Gavin’s major fundraiser, “A Night of Hope for Gavin” was truly a success which took place on Friday, August 20th, 2010 at the Hensley’s Flying Elephant Pub & Grill located in Carlsbad, California. It all started with the idea and motivation of my friend and student’s mom, Beth Rice-Vinas who was so eager to do something for Gavin as he continues his battle with Tay Sachs Disease. Along with the help of Heather Champoux-Rayner, Ferd’s good friend and co-worker and the rest of Ferd’s co-workers and our family and friends, Gavin’s fundraiser was indeed a success. We were so overwhelmed and overjoyed with all the positive energy and support from all the people gathered at the venue who were all there to support Gavin. It was amazing to see lots of beautiful signs with Gavin’s picture on it and all the many people wearing “Hope for Gavin” T-shirts and bracelets. The crowd was in silence with tears and emotion as they saw an 8 minute video made by Don Rayner which captured a glimpse of what Tay Sachs Disease is and how we care for Gavin on a daily basis. The crowd was also moved by the pictures of Gavin and Bella and our family, that was photographed by my cousin’s husband, Patrick Bondoc. The silence continued as the audience listened to Ferd and I express our pain and journey of hope for Gavin. The night continued with the drawing of exciting raffle prizes, a successful silent and live auction, and of course, the entertainment from some of the coolest bands such as Groove Kitty, Remma, and 56 Hope to name a few. With all of the collaboration, we were able to raise over $10,000 that will be used for Gavin’s care, future treatments and for the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation. This fundraising event was a true testimony of the community gathering together united for Gavin and united for a cause.
*Pictures of the event and video link will be available at www.hopeforgavin.com