On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, we began digging a pool for a very deserving family with the help of Vanilla Ice and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
On Friday, March 20, 2015, we completed that pool and Derek took his first dip.
Several news stations were on site, including the Sun-Sentinel, and this is the amazing response we've received:
"A Davie fire truck recently pulled up to Derek Avilez's home.
In it was Rob Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice. The music star-turned-host of "The Vanilla Ice Project" home improvement show surprised the Hollywood fireman who was paralyzed while skimboarding four years ago. Avilez is receiving a customized pool donated by Van Kirk & Sons Pools and Spas, in partnership with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation."
Click for Full Story: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/davie/fl-cn-pool-0201-20150129-story.html
6 South Florida News Station
Miami CBS Local Channel 4 News Stattion
"DAVIE (CBSMiami) – Pools can be a pricey addition to any home. But one South Florida firefighter will soon be swimming in his own backyard thanks to a rapper with a big heart and a knack for home renovations.
Vanilla Ice, aka Rob Van Winkle, surprised Derek Avilez and his family Tuesday at the groundbreaking of their new swimming pool."
Click for Full Story: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/01/13/pool-builder-teams-with-vanilla-ice-to-help-firefighter/
WSVN Local Channel 7 News Station
"DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida celebrity teamed up with local firefighters to surprise a paralyzed father with a generous gift. Derek Avilez was a firefighter in Hollywood until a 2010 skimboarding accident caused him to lose the use of his legs."
Click for Full Story: http://www.wsvn.com/story/27842884/new-pool-offers-promise-for-paralyzed-firefighter
Local 10 News Station
We want to thank everyone who made this project possible!