Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- Local Press Release: "On the night of December 24, 2008, tragic events took place in the small town of Covina, CA. As the Ortega family celebrated Christmas Eve in the comfort and security of their home, their world was shattered and destroyed by a man they once called family. Bruce Pardo arrived that night and took the lives of 9 family members and then eventually himself at his brother’s Sylmar home. In a matter of 15 minutes, Pardo committed a crime so brutal and heinous that the effects have not yet completely been felt.
With this tragic event taking place, there has been a large burden placed upon the remaining family members. There is a family painting business that is in need of help, funeral arrangements that need to be planned and paid for, mortgage payments that cannot be made and a deep hurt that can never be described. Friends of the Ortega family are asking for the community and nation’s help at this crucial time. There has been a fund created to help the victims who are now left with very little family and burdens that no person would find easy to handle."
ChivaGirl Kelley's family is friends with the Ortegas. Her family has worked hard to put together two fundraising events to benefit the Ortega family. Both events are scheduled for Saturday, February 7th. This is also your chance to meet members of the dance teams from Los Angeles' professional sports franchises. ChivaGirls, Laker Girls, Clippers Spirit Dance Team, and tentatively the Anaheim Arsenal A-List Girls will be present at one or both events, signing photo cards, taking pictures and selling raffle tickets.
Event #1 will be at Upland Memorial Park – Upland, CA on Foothill blvd between Hospital Way and Grove Ave. 11-4pm
Event #2 will be at the Crazy Horse in West Covina from 7-9 pm. West Covina CA, off of the 10 frwy -1360 West Garvey St, West Covina CA, 91790
*All proceeds from both events will go to James Ortega and family*