Several weeks after the tragic attack Santa Cruz Paramedic Brian Stow, his story continues to move Bay Area residents.
In an effort to help, Tied House hosted a $15 per person fundraiser on Monday, Apr. 11 with all proceeds to be donated to Stow's family. The Mountain View event raised more than $2,000 and brought together both San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers fans to view that evening's game—which the Giants dedicated to Stow.
"It's just amazing the community support, the support from businesses," said Rob Fenn, an American Medical Response paramedic for 10 years and co-worker with Brian Stow. "I didn't expect it. I know that times are tough but people are still willing to give."
Stow, 42, a paramedic and father of a 9-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son, was attacked after the Dodgers opening game by two suspects. They have not been apprehended. Stow remains in a coma.
"Every time I'd see [Brian], no matter what mood I was in, I was always better after I left him," said AMR Paramedic Bonnie Duarte, who joked that Stow gave her a nickname, "B."
Tied House Director of Events and Marketing, Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez, explained that the fundraiser was planned within a week and brought together several South Bay breweries including Sunnyvale's Faultine and Firehouse, Los Gatos Brewing, Fremont's 510 Brewing and Jacks Brewing.
The amount of support has been unexpected, Hopkins-Vasquez shared.
"I feel overwhelmed with all of the support that has come out tonight and the immense amount of happiness that's coming with the event," she said.