About $1,500 were raised for a paralyzed 6-year-old Milwaukee boy through the efforts of the Greendale Panthers Ironman Football League and Guardian Ava.
Xzavier Davis-Bilbo was struck by a driver who was reportedly texting while driving on Oct. 10, 2010, while he was walking to a park with his sister.
A portion of the ticket sales as well as all of the proceeds from raffles from football league's home opener on Saturday were donated to Xzavier's family to help them purchase a wheelchair accessible van. The cost of the van is in the $20 to 25 K range.
The league and Guardian Ava did not raise as much as they would have liked to. The league is hoping donate more like $3,000 by the end of the season, according to Christy Cool, founder of Guardian Ava.
Guardian Ava was founded as an advocacy group for vehicle awareness in memory of five year old Ava Marie Zimmerman of Greendale, who died after being struck by an inattentive driver in April 2010.
The fundraiser for Xzavier was held at Greendale High School's Stephen J. Gavinski Memorial Stadium. As of press time, the total amount raised was not yet available.
To make a donation people can mail it to GA-Xzavier Davis-Bilbo, PO Box 41, Greendale, WI. 53129. Donations can be made directly to Associated Bank, Account Name: GA-Xzavier Davis-Bilbo and EIN: 45-2472831.
To learn more about Xzavier visit www.xzavier-survivor.com.