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Fundraising gala to be held for paralyzed Cal Poly football recruit Jake Javier

Cal Poly football players gather together before the start of a recent practice at the upper fields of the Cal Poly Sports Complex. The Mustangs begin their season Sept. 2 at Nevada.
Cal Poly football players gather together before the start of a recent practice at the upper fields of the Cal Poly Sports Complex. The Mustangs begin their season Sept. 2 at Nevada. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The Danville community has continued to rally around former Cal Poly football recruit Jake Javier, who was paralyzed from the chest down during a pool accident one day before his high school graduation in June, and his family.

In an effort to provide financial support to the Javier family, The JaviStrong Gala, a fundraising dinner and auction, is scheduled to be held Aug. 27 at the Blackhawk Museum, with an online auction featuring more than 200 items going live on Aug. 22.

According to a press release, the auction is open to anyone who registers and will feature a variety of trips, private wine tastings, unique sports memorabilia and health and wellness packages.

All of the proceeds from the gala will be donated to the Javier Special Needs Trust, which was established to help Jake Javier during his rehabilitation process.

Earlier this summer, Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh, assistant Jim Craft and former offensive coordinator Saga Tuitele visited Javier in the hospital and presented him with a game jersey. Javier was a preferred walk-on expected to join the Mustangs during fall camp as an offensive lineman.

The former San Ramon Valley High standout underwent a procedure in July and received 10 million stem cells into his severely damaged spinal cord. Javier’s story garnered attention and support from NFL standouts Tom Brady and Andrew Luck, among others.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, a Danville native and Monte Vista High graduate, donated 54 autographed footballs to The JaviStrong Gala. The 54 signed footballs represent Jake Javier’s jersey number, and they will be given to the first 54 people who arrive at the gala.

Those interested in purchasing tickets or making a donation can visit www.JaviStrong54.com. A GoFundMe page set up to provide financial support has received donations from more than 1,600 people, totaling $214,100 in the last two months.

Current members of the Cal Poly football team showed their support by wearing “Javier Strong” bracelets during Wednesday’s practice.

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