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Blackhawk gala to support paralyzed San Ramon Valley High grad

Funds from dinner, auctions go to trust for Jake Javier, family

A fundraising gala and live auction set for this weekend, coupled with an online auction active now, have been organized to support the road to recovery for Jake Javier, a San Ramon Valley High football star who was paralyzed in a pool accident on the eve of his high school graduation in June.

Javier, who is undergoing stem cell treatment after suffering a spinal injury that paralyzed him from the chest down, has received a variety of support over the summer, including local fundraisers, online donations, messages of encouragement from pro football players and public displays like last Thursday when high schoolers across the Valley wore the Wolves' green and gold in his honor.

Community members are again coming together for Javier this Saturday at the JaviStrong Gala, set for 5:30 p.m. at the Blackhawk Museum with all proceeds going to the Javier Special Needs Trust to assist the teen and his family during his medical recovery.

Ticket and sponsorship packages for the gala are sold out, but individual donations can still be made online at JaviStrong54.com, according to organizers.

A variety of items will be sold during a live auction at the gala, with packages such as exclusive trips, dining experiences and a training with the Navy SEALS. Journey tribute band Evolution is set to perform following dinner Saturday.

Another 150-plus items are on sale now as part of an online auction that opened Monday morning and runs through 8 p.m. Saturday, again with all proceeds set to benefit Javier's recovery. Vacation trips, private wine tastings, sports memorabilia, and health and wellness packages are among the items available.

Among the supporters of the events is Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, a Danville native and Monte Vista High grad who sent 54 autographed footballs to support the gala.

Javier, who wore No. 54 for the Wolves, was set to be a preferred walk-on offensive lineman this fall at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he was enrolled to study mechanical engineering.

The local teen's recovery, which became national sports news, continues to draw a range of support, including through the #JaviStrong hashtag on social media and online donations like a GoFundMe fundraising campaign that raised $214,500 toward its $500,000 goal as of late Monday afternoon.

Gala sponsors include Scott's Seafood, Joe-Squared Productions, Evolution, One Hope, Black Tie Transportation, Alaska Airlines, Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, Jeanie Hess and The Hess Team at Empire Realty Associates, Jerry and Stephanie Stadtler and the RE/MAX Accord Team, Sotheby's International Realty, Dublin Mazda, Tracy Toyota, Opes Advisors, Old Republic Title, HS&R Sales and Marketing Solutions and Tina Tomei and Home Site Services.

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