04/11/11 6:04 PM ET
LA fundraiser for injured Giants fan a success
By Ben Platt / MLB.com
"There's over a hundred volunteers out here from American Medical Response today," said Scott White, the Los Angeles general manager for American Medical Response, the company Stow works for. "We partnered up with the Dodgers and they have been fantastic, supplying us with equipment, personnel and the turnout has been overwhelming."
Each car, bike, motorcycle or truck that came through the lot was greeted by cheering AMR employees, who would shake their hands, take their donation and give them a "Thank you" flier with a photo of Stow and his kids that read:
"On behalf of all the employees of American Medical Response, THANK YOU for your donation to the Bryan Stow Fund. Your thoughtful contribution will be used to provide support and assistance to Bryan and his family."
"Ever since I heard about it I felt sad for the family, for Bryan and his friends," said Emit Martinez after making his donation. "I've been a Dodger fan forever, from day one when they've been playing the Giants and the great rivalry between the Dodgers and the Giants, and I just hope it continues without any more incidents."
A moment later Joey Banks, the son of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, drove up on his motorcycle to make his contribution.
"In my mind, these guys are heroes and they don't get enough credit for the work they do," said Banks, a professional stuntman, who lives in Valley Village, Calif. "This is the least I can do, to come down here and help the family."
"Showing the support will, of course, help the family," said Los Angeles city councilman Ed Reyes, who represents the first district. "But it will also send a more positive message as to who we are as a great city. The Dodger organization has been very supportive. I'm glad they can step up and allow for this event to happen."
Reyes and other civic leaders joined Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda at a news conference in the parking lot to show their support for Stow and his family.
"People care, that's the big thing," said the Hall of Fame manager. "People in this country, they care for other people, and that's what you are seeing here today. People who know about what happened to that young man, and they are going to show their respect for him and what has happened to him."
At the end of the day more than $61,000 was collected for the fund.
"Our main goal here is to raise a ton of money for Bryan and his family," said White. "Bryan is going to need as much support as he can get, and that is what we are here to do. We will be thrilled with whatever we receive today."
All funds collected will be donated directly to the trust fund established by the Stow family to benefit Bryan and his children. In addition, those with a PayPal account may donate online with a credit card by logging in and selecting the "Send Money" option; Personal Gift, with the recipient: email@example.com. The fund is also accepting donations online at www.sfpcu.org.
Ben Platt is a national correspondent for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.