School Fundraiser Helps Families Suffering Tragedy
May 2, 2007 – CBS 4
A whole community came together at Cypress Bay High School to lend their support to two families undergoing a lot of pain and hardship for two very different reasons.
The families of Tomas Portuondo and Tyler Goldberg need all the help they can get. Their families underwent terrible tragedy, but a whole community gathered at Cypress Bay High School in Broward Wednesday night, to let them know they are not alone.
Tyler’s family is dealing with the loss of the 14-year-old boy after he was involved in a fatal personal watercraft accident earlier this year. They are collecting money for the Tyler Scott Goldberg Foundation, which is committed to prevent children from suffering injuries arising out of the use of personal watercraft, promoting legislative change, as well as educating children in school about the dangers of operating them. They are also dedicated to easing the suffering of those whose lives impacted by these types of accidents, providing money for medical research and expanding trauma services.
Tomas Portuondo’s mother died in a tragic accident earlier this year. She was loved by many children as their natural mother, even though she was actually a foster mother to several of them. Portuondo, now a young man, has been left with the task of raising his siblings, the same way his mother taught him, but he can’t do it alone.
This is where the fundraising spaghetti dinner comes in at the school Wednesday night. All those who wanted to help out Tomas with money to help raise his siblings or those who want to help out Tyler’s family with their efforts attended the dinner.