“It Takes a Village” Benefit for Family of 13 Year Old Who Died in Hiking Accident

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Omar (middle) with brothers, Masoud and Adam (a few years ago).

Omar (middle) with brothers, Masoud and Adam (a few years ago).

The community is invited to attend a benefit for the Awaida family on Friday, May 30, 2014 at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls.

The Awaida family lost their 13 year old son, Omar, in a tragic accident while he was camping with his brothers in late March. He spent five days in ICU while doctors worked tirelessly to help him. Sadly, he passed away from his injuries.

Omar was a beloved young member of the Bixby Knolls community. A seventh grader at Marshall Middle School at the time of his death, he was a friend to all those he encountered and is sorely missed by his family as well as many friends at Marshall, Longfellow Elementary School, which he attended, and Hughes Middle School, which many of his elementary school friends attend.

Omar was uninsured, so members of the community have organized this benefit to raise money for the medical bills resulting from his time in the ICU.

The event, entitled “It Takes a Village,” will feature performances by school choral groups, a silent auction, raffle drawings and food donated by local restaurants, including Johnny Rebs, Georgie’s Place, Baja Sonora, Patricia’s, Catalano’s, Miss Priss Cupcakes & Such and Baba Ghanouj. There will also be a craft table, where children and adults can work on a memory book.

The “It Takes a Village” benefit for the Awaida family is Friday, May 30, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls, 4321 Atlantic Ave.

Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Those who are unable to attend may send donations directly to the Omar Awaida Memorial Fund at Farmers & Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 3151, Lakewood CA 90711-3151.

To RSVP for the event, please contact Mary Jo Rockenbach at maryjorock@gmail.com or 562-355-4028.

To donate items for the auctions, contact Deborah Boelsen at dboelsen@verizon.net or 310-713-4774.

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