Mark your calendar for this Sunday!!
Please come and support this benefit for Louie!
Don't forget about this beautiful feature film on the 24th!! All proceeds go to the Louie Vaccaro fund! Let's go to the movies!
Please come and support this amazing film "Zayton!"
The film is an amazing documentary being donated as a fundraiser for the Vaccaro Fund and is playing in April 24th at the Fairfax Theater! Check out the poster!
Look what is on raffle at the Louie Vaccaro benefit at the Pavilion this weekend!! Get your tickets NOW! This may sell out. And guess what?! We're hoping for a very special first time appearance from Louie himself!! That's right! He's coming home on Thursday! And we're hoping he can come to the event and say hi to everyone! So be sure to come by and welcome him home!!! Get your tickets now at www.vaccarofund.org.
Look at the "Day on the Bay" for raffle at the Louie Vaccaro benefit at the Pavilion this weekend!! Get your tickets NOW! This may sell out. And guess what?! We're hoping for a very special first time appearance from Louie himself!! That's right! He's coming home on Thursday! And we're hoping he can come to the event and say hi to everyone! So be sure to come by and welcome him home!!! Get your tickets now at www.vaccarofund.org.
I'm trying not to send as many emails as before in hopes that I only communicate when needed. I just wanted to remind you that the Native Sons Event is on March 22nd. It will be at the Fairfax Pavilion and will be an amazing event. There will be a BBQ, beer & wine and lots of great music from the band Beso Negro and a few others.
Purchase your tickets early and help us raise the roof for Louie!
Or you can purchase at the Fairfax Variety Store.
From Channel 5 re: Louie Vaccaro story.
" Ok, it's a go. Story on Louie is running tonight. I actually have two stories airing @ 6pm and it will be the second one. Thanks for everyone's patience.
After much ado, Allen from Channel 5 just told me that his producers said the story about Louie would run tomorrow (Friday) at 6:00pm (for sure!)
Channel 5 just pushed Louie's story back again to Thursday or Friday. FYI
Mark your calendar for March 22!
Allen Martin of Channel 5 News will be doing a segment on Louie's story tomorrow night (Wednesday) on the 6:00 news! Check it out!
Louie had a little set back last night, but he's perfectly fine.
Part of Louie's occupational therapy is learning to do small wheelies in his new wheelchair. The therapist explained that when he's in a normal environment the small front wheels of his chair will inhibit him from going over bumps and curbs, etc. Louie's chair has wheelie bars on the back that adjust to give the patient the control to customize the amount that the chair will lean back to fit their individual need (as everyone is different.). Learning the wheelie skill is a very important part of his therapy.
On Saturday (while both Mom and Dad were away for a short time,) Louie had friend's visiting. Louie has no control of his core as a paraplegic and tends to fall forward while trying to eat if his chair is not adjusted properly. He asked his friends to adjust the wheelie bars so he could lean further back and be more comfortable. They did as he asked without thought and no one thought to test how far back the chair would lean after the adjustment.
Later that evening, Louie's Dad returned with dinner and to be with Louie for a bit. Chris was sitting on the bed watching tv with Louie when Louie's chair fell backwards. He got a 1 inch impact cut on his head and was fine. But because he is in a rehabilitation center, they had to follow protocol and did a CT Scan and treated the cut with staples.
We wanted to be clear as to the "truth" about what took place to minimize any rumors or "blaming". Louie was simply trying to make himself more comfortable and should have asked someone to stand behind the chair to test it after the adjustment. But he's a 16 year old boy and isn't accustom to these kinds of responsibilities yet. He's learning and fortunately was not seriously injured.
We are just over half way to our goal! Wow! We are so humbled by your love and support. Thank you so much!
Channel 5 completed their interview with Louie and is running the story about the accident and the town's amazing support on Friday!! :-)
Be sure to watch it!
Louie Vaccaro is COMING HOME in MARCH! The target date is March 6, but may be a little longer as the more rehab the better.
Did you know that home nursing care is not covered by standard insurance? And who takes out long term (nursing home) insurance for their kids? No one I know! This is one of the main reasons for fundraising for this family. Louie will need nursing help for a very long time...possibly for life.
We've raised a good amount of money, but in all honesty, it's a drop in the bucket for what will be needed. Let's not stop now! Come and support these events!
3/8 - Naves in Fairfax will be hosting a fundraising event coined "Pitch on for Louie!" $20 at the door.
Naves Bar has dollar bills on the ceiling. They've been there for many many years. Between now and 3/8 stop into Naves and pitch your bills on the ceiling! $1, $20, $100, whatever feels right to you! The party will start at 4:00 and go until closing! There will be lots of food drinks and good music. At the end of the event, all the proceeds will go to the Vaccaro family. And the money on the ceiling? That's coming down and going to the family as well!
So come and join in on the fun!
NEXT UP?! The Native Sons are hosting an awesome event at the Fairfax Pavilion on MARCH 22! Music by BESO NEGRO and NEXT!! Bring the family! There will be lots of food including a pig roast, beer and wine and much more! Raffle prizes and t-shirts for sale too!! Go to www.vaccarofund.org
to get your tickets online now! Watch for a poster coming soon!
We need help getting the word out!
SILENT AUCTION is going to BLOW UP at Deer Park Saturday!! SHARE!!
We have collected over 100 silent auction items! You don't have to join the Deer Park Event to participate! You can just come to the auction!
Starts at 4:00 and ends at 8:30. Credit cards accepted!! You must claim and pay for your item at the event.
Here are a few of the items for auction:
Water ski day-lessons and all gear included!
Group surf lesson at Stinson beach!
Plane ride in Sonoma county!
2 awesome mountain bikes!
VIP tour for 10 at Lagunitas Brewery!
Date nights, dinner and movie tickets
Round of golf for 2 at San Geronimo.
Countless local shop gift certificates!!!!
Furnace and Furnace install!
It's crazy!! COME CHECK IT OUT!
Fred Cousins is a local Real Estate professional. Look what he's offering to benefit the Vaccaro family! If you're buying or selling property, call him!!
I announced that Banana's At Large was donating a very nice guitar for a raffle prize at the Deer Park event. I need to make a correction. They pulled out because they wanted promotion on the benefit posters in exchange for the donation. "None" of the other 100 donors asked for promotion under these circumstances and the posters were already made when they offered. So we will not be able to honor that announcement. Sorry.
Louie Vaccaro is a very competitive motocross racer. One of the best in the area. The MCMA has made these t-shirts to sell at the events with his racing number on them. Be sure to get yours at one of the events this Saturday! You cannot purchase one of these shirts through this website. Only at events.
You can get your tickets for the benefit on Saturday February 8, at Deer Park Steakhouse Grill online at:
Get your tickets now as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out.
Revolution 9 is not taking credit cards for Deer Park Tickets. However, I'm pleased to announce that Larry Newman built a (quick, down and dirty) website that we've wired the PayPal payment gateway to. You'll be able to purchase your tickets online very soon. Stay tuned.
This is a picture of Louie checking out service dogs!
I still don't have sponsors for the food at Deer Park for the performers. It's $18.00 ea. There are about 20 teens. I've got 3 sponsored so far. Please let me know if you're willing to sponsor a performer's dinner at the event.
Just got the poster done for the benefit on Feb 8!
Don't forget to get your tickets in advance for the Deer Park Villa! You can purchase them by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then get your wristband at any of the clubs in Fairfax the night of the event for the concert!
There are new events added to the Vaccaro & Friends Benefits Google Calendar! Drake High School has offered to donate all the ticket sales for the first night of their production "The Kiss!" Also, Yoga Tree is donating all the proceeds of their yoga class coming up soon! Be sure to bookmark the event calendar to stay informed of these events and support as much as you can!
I'll be at Peri's Bar today with Larry Newman watching the 49ners game. I'll have the tickets with me for the Louie Vaccaro benefit if you want to stop by and purchase your tickets. I should be there from 3:00 until after the game.
I'm a little behind on the Thank You responses for this donation site. I'm sorry! I've been very busy getting things organized for the Fundraising event on February 8 and fallen a little behind. But please know that the Vaccaro family is SO grateful for your help! And I will respond ASAP to each and everyone soon. You guys are amazing!
You can now purchase your tickets to the Louie Vaccaro and friends Benefit dinner at Drake High School. Susanna Nash has them for sale in her classroom. I also have tickets and they will be for sale at the door the night of the event.
Wow... Getting the details all worked out for the Louie Vaccaro and friends fundraising event on Feb 8th. It's going to be AWESOME! Stay tuned.
Deer Park Villa tickets will include:
Hordeurves, dinner, Drake High School Bands (TBA,) raffle and auction tent outside!
$20.00 kids 4-12
You can purchase these tickets at the door or in advance. We'll announce advance ticket instructions soon!
The town of Fairfax is truly showing their love for these boys!!
Several venues are participating in the event that night!
You can purchase your entry at any participating venue for $20.00 at the door. This will give you entrance to "all" participating venues!!
So far we have
The Sleeping Lady
And Peris is doing their best to move booked bands around to try to join in too! Fingers crossed! John Gibson, maybe you can lend a hand here? XO
Several Bands at each venue ALL NIGHT LONG!!
This is going to be an amazing event you won't want to miss!
Purchase your tickets for the evening event at the door of participating clubs only.
Mark your calendars for an amazing night and keep an eye here for the upcoming official flier and purchasing instructions! We're still working out a few bugs.
There were a couple of typos in the last post. Please refer to this post for accurate information.
The next benefit for Louie Vaccaro and Dameon JaKobie Reeder will be on February 8 so mark your calendar.
This is going to be a truly amazing event! Our goal amounts are $5,000 for Dameon and $100,000 for the Vaccaro family. The Vaccaro Family "GoFundMe" website is almost at $30,000! But we need to keep going.
Tickets will go on sale soon!
First! Deer Park Villa 5pm - 10pm!
Appetizers, dinner, Drake High School Bands (TBA.)
Raffle prizes and auction! $30.00 adults
$20.00 kids 4-12yrs.
Next! Two night clubs for two amazing nights of music! The Sleeping Lady Cafe has offered to add their venue to participate in this benefit for these families.
One cover $20.00 (or combo ticket w/Deer Park Event $40.00,) for entrance to TWO venues! 16 bands in total with many special guests!
Elephant Listening Project
The Kortuzday Band
Elliot's Evil Plan
Special Appearances by:
Kelly Peterson & Erik Smyth
Dianne Zellers & Larry Newman
Michael Bluestein..and more TBA!
Email me at: email@example.com to reserve your tickets now. Put "Ticket Order" in the subject line. I'll contact you to arrange pick up and payment. In the near future I hope to announce a location where you can purchase tickets.
It looks as though the Native Son's are looking at an event on March 22 for the Louie Vaccaro Fund! Stay tuned and I'll keep you updated.
The next events will be taking place on Feb 8th!
Louie had a tracheotomy yesterday and the procedure when well. This is good, in that he will be more comfortable and bad in that we had hoped he would be able to breathe on his own. The procedure means that the doctors feel that Louie will be reliant on a ventilator for at least 2-3 months. On a positive note, Louie had sensations of touch on his feet, legs and abdomen. This is potentially very good news. It does not mean that Louie will walk again, but its a huge step in the right direction. Visitation is still "off limits", especially while he is recovering from his tracheotomy. Chris and Miles would like to once again extend their thanks for all the continued love and support.
The fundraiser at the Sleeping Lady last night was a wonderful success. We raised over $1,600 for the Vaccaros and $500 for Dameon Reeder. Thank you to those that made it out for this event! Let's keep going!
The next event will be on February 8 at Deer Park Villa (tickets will be on sale soon) and 19 Broadway! At the Deer Park Villa we will be holding a raffle and auction! We have many items including a plane ride in an antique airplane over Marin County, a beautiful guitar from Bananas at Large, a new furnace for your home, $100 gift certificate from Fairfax Variety, beautiful motocross jerseys and much much more! So mark your calendars for both events!
I'm so grateful to have recruited the help of Erin Addy Albachten to help manage the raffle prize and auction item donations! Please contact her at:
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a donation for any of our events! Soon we will be launching a google doc spreadsheet where you can list your items there. Thanks so very much to this community!
Don't forget this Thursday night at the Sleeping Lady! A wonderful night of amazing music and all for the fundraising efforts for the injured teens in this car crash.
Also mark your calendars for 2/8 fundraising events!
Two amazing events on the same night!
Deer Park Villa - 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Tickets on sale soon!
$30 / adults
$20 / kids (12 and under.)
Includes: Hordeurves, Dinner, 1 drink ticket (no host bar) Drake Bands and dancing, raffle prizes!
Come support these students!
19 Broadway Club
9:00pm - closing
A night of amazing music!
Danny Montana and the Bar Association
Save yourself a little money and buy ticket for both events for $40.00!
Tickets on sale soon! Call Dianne to reserve your seats today!
Unfortunately Louie has not bounced back as we had hoped. He is still on and off life support and breathing with a breathing tube. Because this is uncomfortable for him and causes other problems, the doctors decided to do a tracheostomy. This is a procedure where they create an opening in his neck where they place a tube for an airway to breath from. This will also help with removing some of the fluids from his lungs in an easier fashion. Our hope is that this will only be necessary for 2 or 3 months. However only time will tell.
He was moved yesterday and is resting at the Terra Linda Kaiser. Unfortunately no visitations are alowed at this time.
Thank you all again for the wonderful support. We will post again soon.
We had a little encouragement today in a series of very difficult days. For the first time today, Louie was awake, with his breathing tubes in and seemed to be in less pain. Usually this is a very uncomfortable state for him so we feel encouraged that he was given a small respite from it's severity.
There has been a slight change of plans and he will be transported to Kaiser in Terra Linda for a short time period. After that he will be moved to Redwood Ciity. He is resting now back under sedation.
Our first fundraiser at Druids Hall in Nacasio was a great success! Thank you so much to all that participated! We love you very much.
The next event will be on Thursday, January 9th at the Sleeping Lady. We hope to see you there!
January 9th! Thursday night at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax! A Fundraising event for the Vaccaro Family!
9pm - 11:30. Come join the fun!
To the friend's of the Vaccaro Family:
I went to see Louie (and Chris) today. It looks like they will be transporting him to a long term care facility in Redwood City where they specialize in nureology. We had hopes that he would be able to be removed from life support before the move, unfortunately that is not possible at this time. So the move will be made while on life support. Miles will ride in the ambulance with Louie and Chris will follow. This is disappointing for Louie's friends of course. Especially the friends that don't drive. However, our hope is that in time Louie will be able to move to a facility in Terra Linda which would be much closer. Redwood city is a little distance but we are grateful that the Bay Area has such wonderful medical care and he does not have to be transported to another state, which happens in many if these cases.
Thank you for your continued support and many prayers. You are all truly amazing and these families could not get through this without you.
There are events happening now or in the planning stages so keep an eye open for the dates! Please contact Dianne Zellers on Facebook or at email@example.com if you can donate raffle prizes or help with an event!
1/4 This Saturday - Druids Hall in Nicasio
BBQ & Fundraiser! For times and more information call Dan at (415) 717-3822
We did not organize this event, so we apologize for the limited information! We believe this event is from 1-6 but call to confirm.
1/9 Thursday - 9:00pm- Sleeping Lady in Fairfax
Appleberry Jam's Guitar Pull Give Back Sessions
Louie Vaccaro Recovery Fund
Not confirmed, but in the works!
2/8 Deer Park Villa
Drake High School Bands & Friends!
March - Stay tuned for a possible date at 19 Broadway.
Also to be added to the calendar:
Fundraiser & BBQ hosted by Maria Perrin in Nacasio! Details coming soon!
Fundraiser Bingo Night!
Possible Pavilion Event!
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It has just been brought to my attention that the Drake Winter Dance is on the same day as our Sleeping Lady fundraiser. We will choose another date and let you know as soon as possible.
Hi everyone. Thank you so much for all of your comments and encouragement. We are truly grateful for all of you!
I'm posting to give you the latest update from Chris on Louie's condition.
Unfortunately we need to cease any visitations for now. Louie needs rest. He is bouncing back from pneumonia and a procedure for a collapsed lung, which are very common occurrences for individuals on life support. However the process is uncomfortable and he is in pain when he is awake. He is being woken up for tests, doctors, nurses to be turned etc., on a regular bases and visitors tend to wake him when rest is already limited. For the time we will be stopping all visitations except family and a couple of very close friends and hope you understand.
We have been getting a lot of questions about the possibility of Louie walking again. For the moment, our main concern is helping Louie to "breathe" on his own. This is our number one priority and the first hurdle on the list of many. We aren't focused on the walking issue at this time.
We have not been able to completely remove him from breathing machines because his diaphragm has been compromised and is not currently doing it's job properly. We believe that with time this will improve and Louie will be able to breathe in the future without the use of mobile breathing equipment. Again, this is our main focus at this time and our hope.
Once Louie can be remove from breathing tubes, his lungs will be less susceptible to infection and fluid will be reduced, minimizing the need for the uncomfortable process of turning him. We are encouraged that the doctors feel confident that he should be breathing on his own by this weekend and his surgeon's visit today was positive.
At this time, Louie cannot communicate, which is frustrating at best. However, once the tubes are removed he will be able to express his needs. This will solve many problems.
On behalf of the Vaccaro family, thank you so much everyone for your prayers, donations, calls, messages and mostly for your love.
We will be hosting several fundraising events throughout the year, the first of which will be at the Sleeping Lady on 2/1/14. Please mark your calendar and we hope to see you there.
Thank you so much for the beautiful messages with your donations. Larry and I (Dianne) have been sending thank you messages on behalf of Chris & Miles for the time being. But please know that I will sit down with them and share every one of your messages when they feel emotionally ready to read them. At this moment, that's still a little hard for them. But your prayers and messages are greatly appreciated.
It is very humbling for anyone to ask for help. However, we are very close friends of the Vaccaro family and know that they are in need. We would like to ask that you consider donating to this fund.
On Christmas Eve Louie Vaccaro, a Sophomore from Drake High School went out with a group of his closest friends after family celebrations. These kids are very close and love each other very much. They were driving at night on Lucas Valley Road and a terrible accident occurred. The large SUV was filled with 6 passengers (4 Drake students, 1 former Drake student and Louie's cousin visiting from Florida for the holidays.) The vehicle rolled several times and the injuries are serious.
Louie Vaccaro shattered 1 vertebra and blew 2 discs in two additional vertebra. Another passenger (Dameon Reeder) has a fractured spine and Marco Domitri has a broken collar bone. All the passengers have some minor injuries additionally as well as emotional trauma. However Louie's injuries are the most severe and is the focus of this funding website. We are working to assess the needs of the other kids and have offered to help them as well. Stay tuned for an additional information on their needs as well.
Louie has been on and off life support and in an induced coma for the better part of the week since the accident. Our hope is that he can begin to breathe on his own and can be taken off of breathing tubes and life support soon. His surgery took about 11 hours. The doctors have given a 10% chance of Louie walking again, but we've seen miracles and are very hopeful that this will increase as his condition improves. He is currently (12/31/13) at Marin General Hospital, however his care will be moved soon to a facility more suited for long term care in either Redwood City or Terra Linda.
The purpose of this website is to raise money for Louie's family as the needs will be ongoing for "years" and the costs will be overwhelming. The website will also provide an arena for medical updates, a place to communicate with the community, a place to post a Wish List for needs to be met, and a site that you can share with your networks to help spread the word. We will also be launching a public calendar where we will schedule fundraising events, needs to be met, visitations, etc.
Thank you once again on behalf of the Vaccaro Family. We hope to see you at an event soon.