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Evelyn & Ivonne Recovery Fund

$33,042 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 426 people in 2 months
Created October 22, 2018
Luis Gutierrez-Mock
on behalf of Ivonne Mejia
In Lak’ech Dance Academy is raising funds to support two of our bachata competition team members, Evelyn and Ivonne, after surviving a horrific drive-by shooting.

On the afternoon of October 6th, 2018, Evelyn and Ivonne were driving from their house to dance practice. For reasons unknown, they were targeted and shot around the corner from their house. Ivonne was shot in the arm and Evelyn was shot in the back, neck and head. Evelyn’s wounds were life threatening, requiring a successful emergency surgery. After a week in the ICU, Evelyn transitioned into a rehabilitation center. Evelyn and Ivonne are now beginning an intensive and lengthy outpatient care regimen. They both continue to make amazing progress and are incredibly grateful for the immense amount of love and support they have received in this difficult time.

We are asking our communities to help support Evelyn and Ivonne with medical bills, relocation expenses, rehabilitation costs, assistance with a down payment for a new car, and several months of reduced salaries from their disability wages.

Evelyn and Ivonne met after joining a bachata dance team in San Francisco. They quickly fell in love and began to build their lives together. Their dance journey led them to becoming members of the In Lak’ech Dance Academy bachata competition team. They were scheduled to compete at a world-level competition in December, a dream that is now placed on hold.

Dance played a pivotal role in their relationship and continues to be a motivating factor in their recovery. Their physical therapists are incorporating bachata music and movement into their sessions. We believe in the healing power of dance as well as the healing power of community. Please help us in supporting this healing for Evelyn and Ivonne by donating and sharing this campaign.

Please also love each other and help each other stay safe.





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This campaign is being managed by Luis Gutierrez-Mock. Luis is part of the In Lak'ech Dance Academy Leadership Team and is a close friend to both Eva and Ivonne. All funds generated through this campaign will go directly to Eva and Ivonne to support their healing process.
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Update 2
Posted by Luis Gutierrez-Mock
2 months ago
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A huge thank you to everyone who has shared and contributed to this campaign- you’ve gotten us over 50% of our goal in less than one week! Fifteen members of our academy, former members and our friends helped to pack up, clean and move Eva and Ivonne’s items out of their apartment last weekend to assist with their relocation.

To Eva and Ivonne, we love you and we dedicate the social dance in this video to you.

In Lak’ech - Tú eres mi otro yo - You are my other me
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Posted by Luis Gutierrez-Mock
2 months ago
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WOW, thank you *so much* to everyone who has shared and contributed to this campaign. Eva and Ivonne are extremely grateful for your generosity and support. It’s a huge relief to them to know that they can focus on their healing.

Here’s a picture of them from the rehabilitation facility. This is what resilience looks like.

Please continue to support Eva and Ivonne by sharing this campaign. You are all demonstrating what it means for community to show up for each other. Thank you.
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$33,042 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 426 people in 2 months
Created October 22, 2018
Luis Gutierrez-Mock
on behalf of Ivonne Mejia
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