Stow fundraiser: Assaulted Giants fan has ties to area
Sean Janssen, The Union Democrat /
The San Francisco Giants fan nearly killed in a savage assault outside Dodger Stadium March 31 has family ties to the Mother Lode. Family friends are planning a fundraiser to benefit his immediate family, who hail from the Santa Cruz area. The beating victim, Bryan Stow, 42, is the nephew of Angels Camp Interim City Administrator Mary Kelly, who lives in the city with her husband, Scott. The Kellys' close friends, Maureen and Tony Serra and Laura and Jon Kitchell, were moved by Stow's plight and began the fundraiser. The generosity of a community Stow knew through skiing, water skiing, participating in the annual Grape Stomp in Murphys and other family get-togethers, has been overwhelming, Maureen Serra and Laura Kitchell said. The poker run fundraiser will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Claussen's Corner, 1208 S. Main St., Angels Camp. It is open to all modes of transport, not just motorcycles, according to Serra and Kitchell. Ride pins will go to the first 250 participants, who at each of five stops can choose a card from a standard deck of 52. Participants will return to Utica Park downtown and the entrant with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot generated by $5 from each $25 entry fee. The remaining bulk of the entry fees will be given to the Stows as Bryan remains in intensive care at San Francisco General Hospital. Additional raffle prizes include a stay at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, Nev., gift certificates to local restaurants and bottles of wine from local wineries. A disc jockey will provide music at the park. Volunteers are welcome to begin with set up in the park at 10 a.m. and poker hands are expected by 3 p.m. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that police have arrested Giovanni Ramirez, 31, an alleged Los Angeles-area gang member, and named him as the primary suspect in the attack, but only charged him on a parole violation. He has not yet been charged with the attack on Stow but was recently sentenced to 10 months in prison for the violation, the paper said. On Friday, The Associated Press reported two more arrests in the Stow case, 29-year-old Louie Sanchez and 30-year-old Marvin Norwood, both of Rialto. The two were charged Friday with one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury. Both are being held on $500,000 bail after being arrested Thursday. Scott Kelly, Maureen Serra and Laura Kitchell each said they heard about the attack on the television news the night it occurred and found out the next day Stow was the victim. "We just couldn't believe it," Kelly said, adding that he and his wife regularly attended Giants games together. A bone flap doctors put in had to be removed after Stow had seizures, Kelly said, noting his skull had been badly fractured in the attack. The Kellys have visited their nephew and Scott said Stow's eyes will open but he cannot yet talk. Two medications he is given must first be able to be stopped and then doctors can better evaluate his mental condition, Scott said. "Nobody knows what he really knows," he said. Stow, a paramedic, had insurance but it does not cover all costs, Scott said. He said the Serras and Kitchells' efforts have been heartwarming for Stow's entire family. "What they're doing is just a fantastic thing," Scott said. Maureen Serra and Laura Kitchell said Stow's parents - his father is Mary Kelly's brother - will be at the park Aug. 6 and possibly Stow's two children as well. For more information about the fundraiser, contact Laura Kitchell at 728-4313 or Maureen Serra at 768-5434 or firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information about Stow's condition, visit his family's website at www.support4bryanstow.com . Contact Sean Janssen at email@example.com or 890-7741.