OGDEN -- The annual Revin for a Reason Family Fun Night at Emeritus Estates in Ogden has gone local. Proceeds from the event used to go to Alzheimer's charities, but all funds raised will now go to local families who need help.
This year's family is the Wilsons. Three of Natasha and Rock Wilson's daughters have had serious medical needs in the past year that have put a financial strain on the family.
Natalia, their oldest daughter, suffered a concussion and a mild traumatic brain injury during cheerleading practice last October. Bella, their youngest daughter, has had gastroparesis, a disease that prevents her from digesting food properly, since she was 4. Darbi, their second-eldest, had a major seizure in March and was diagnosed with epilepsy.
Traci Pitcher, business office director for Emeritus Estates, said she learned about the Wilson family through her work at Bella's Fresh Mexican Grill in Farr West. Bella's held a fundraising event for the family in April, but Rock said the bills just keep coming.
The family recently went to Ohio to seek further treatment for their youngest daughter's condition.
"We just got back from Columbus, Ohio, and we're starting to get those bills. I mean, there's been so many, it's unreal. We hit Primary Children's or an emergency room at least every three months. It's been overwhelming."
Food for the event was provided by Bella's and Emeritus' own kitchen. Walker Cinema in Ogden provided popcorn, and raffle prizes were donated by Icon Fitness and family members. Local classic car owners loaned their time and beautiful vehicles to the car show to draw more people to the event.
"Car people are good people," said classic car owner Dave Squires, of Riverdale. "They like to donate money and help good causes."
His wife, Sherry, said she and Dave could sympathize with the Wilsons' struggle.
"We lost a couple children. People helped us out, and it was really important. So we try to pay back."
Natasha said she is grateful to have such a supportive community reach out to her family. "Just to have the support from people and just the moral boost to see that people care and come and are involved. It means the world to my kids and to my husband and I."
Rock agreed. "I couldn't be more thankful."
Pitcher said Revin for a Reason generates an average of $2,000 to $3,000 a year, but she would like to see that change.
"I just want to bring more people out here. Because if we can stay local, and we can raise five or six thousand dollars for the family, how nice would that be, instead of just a couple thousand?"
Pitcher also said it's important for communities to support families like the Wilsons.
"You never know when something is going to happen to you. It could be your best friend that might need help."
Anyone who would like to be put on the mailing list to be notified of next year's event may call Emeritus Estates at (801)-737-1230.