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.
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
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
"CONTRACTORS TOOK OVER DEREK AVELLES'S BACKYARD. DIGGING AND MEASURING THE AREA WHERE A CUSTOM POOL WILL BE BUILT TO HELP HIM WITH HIS REHAB. THE POOL WILL BE A HUGE HELP FOR ME IN THERAPY."
Click for Full Story: http://www.local10.com/news/vanilla-ice-helps-build-therapy-pool-for-paralyzed-former-firefighter/30680230