This weekend, Scotts Valley will host several events to raise funds for Bryan Stow, the 42-year old paramedic who was left in a coma after he was attacked leaving a Giants-Dodgers game on March 31.
On Saturday, the Kings Village Shopping Center will be converted into a children’s playland, with an obstacle course, bouncy house, face painting and arts show for kids of all ages. Vendors will sell food, jewelry and “For Stow” T-shirts. Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz County organizations and businesses—such as Business with Pleasure, Dietle James Boutique and Aloha Island Grille—will be present, and several will participate in an auction and raffle at 3 p.m.
“There’s been many fundraisers [for Stow], but there haven’t been many kid- and family-friendly fundraisers,” said Rachael Cartwright, the event's organizer and Drawn2Art director.
On Sunday from 1-9 p.m., the Scotts Valley Grand Prix presented by Easton-Bell Sports is being held at Canepa Design, at 4900 Scotts Valley Dr. There will be a multitude of activities, including bike races and Drawn2Art activities for the kids, a raffle, vendors, a food court, race announcers, DJs, a podium presentation stage and a children’s play area that will include a bouncy house and a climbing wall.
The events are being assembled by Cartwright, in conjunction with the Kings Village Shopping Center businesses, Mark Davis the CEO of Syzygy Sports Group, and support4bryanstow.com, the Stow family's official website.
Cartwright said the fundraisers would not be possible without the help of a long list of local organizations and people, such as her co-workers, American Medical Response, the Scotts Valley police and fire departments, and all of Stow's friends and family who are chipping in. She hopes to raise up to $10,000, although “we went into this without any expectations," she said. "We’ll be happy with whatever we raise.”