Darrell Gwynn Foundation Donates $17,000 Wheelchair to Sergio Nunez of Hollywood, Fla., Sept. 10

September 12th, 2011

Darrell Gwynn Foundation Donates $17,000 Wheelchair to Sergio Nunez of Hollywood, Fla. , Sept. 10;

The Kid” Turns 50 & Helps 50 Kids Event Raises $139,000 for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated a $17,000 custom power wheelchair to Sergio Nunez of Hollywood, Fla. at “The Kid” Turns 50 & Helps 50 Kids event presented by duPont Registry and hosted by Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, September 10. The fundraising event was a celebration of life, mobility and independence. It celebrated Darrell Gwynn’s 50th Birthday and launched the foundation’s “Give the Gift of Mobility” campaign raising $139,000 for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

Sergio Nunez, a 13 year-old diagnosed with a developmental delay due to a stroke he suffered when he was one year-old, received the gift of mobility on behalf of the donors of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in a special presentation at the event. Guests witnessed the magic of a wheelchair donation as the Darrell Gwynn Foundation gave him the gift of mobility, freedom and independence. Sergio was in need of a new power wheelchair so that he could return to school and keep up with his classmates. At the event the Darrell Gwynn Foundation also honored several of its past wheelchair donation recipients from South Florida and their success stories in a special presentation. Past recipients that attended the event included Gabriel Vergera, Angelica Perez, Jina Yi, Atirlis Greene and Andre Jarvis.

Nearly 300 guests attended “The Kid” Turns 50 & Helps 50 Kids event at Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale. The event was hosted by Rock With U Entertainment and featured a variety of entertainment including a painting and dancing performance by Salvador LIVE, racing themed dancers, models and interactive décor and a unique food presentation by Aaron’s Catering. The event also had a silent auction and “Give the Gift of Mobility” presentation, in which guests had the opportunity to purchase wheelchairs or parts of wheelchairs, which raised funds for the foundation.

Proceeds from the event will primarily benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program which donates custom power wheelchairs to individuals facing medical and financial hardships. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s “Give the Gift of Mobility” campaign hopes to raise enough funds to purchase 50 wheelchairs for 50 kids in need this year. For more information or to donate please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or call (954) 792-7223 x.113.

Sponsors that made the event spectacular included: duPont Registry, Rock With U Entertainment, Patron, Gold Coast, Palm Beach International Raceway, Blacktie South Florida, Southern Wine & Spirits, Weston Lifestyle, Grand Touring Vodka, Coca-Cola, Aaron’s Catering and Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale.

About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
Founded in 2002 by Champion Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide SUPPORT for people living with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. The foundation’s primary support program is its national Wheelchair Donation Program. With this program the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated custom built wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals in need. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assistance Fund also supports the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally, the Patient Assistance Fund provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. The foundation operates an Education & Prevention Program directed to high school students to educate them on the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to spinal cord injuries. This rapidly growing program reaches over 10,000 students annually at over 50 high schools. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for an established Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week with a resolution passed by the Florida Legislature in 2006. With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR, Rolltisserie and many more generous sponsors, individual supporters and donors, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation continues to evolve as a leading foundation for those with spinal cord injuries. For more information please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation.


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