Big turnout for Jade West Café family benefit lunch

(WSB photos by Cliff DesPeaux)
That’s Jade West Café fan and West Seattle resident Dave Gross hugging cafe proprietor Wah Wong during Sunday’s fundraising lunch at Wallingford restaurant Perché No Pasta and Vino. Though Wah is using a wheelchair now, the family still hopes they can reopen the treasured West Seattle eatery “soon.” That’s what they told photojournalist Cliff DesPeaux, who covered the event for WSB. A larger-than-expected crowd showed up to offer their support, and to see Wah and son Jason Wong, both badly hurt when a drunk driver hit them in December outside their Beacon Hill home. Jason lost part of a leg:

Monica Tonel, greeting Jason in that photo, is the mother of a basketball player coached by Jason, whose friends organized the fundraiser. More photos ahead:

According to Dave Gross, Perché No is owned by the family of Jason Wong’s best friend, and that’s why the restaurant hosted the benefit:

Along with a three-course Italian lunch – Caesar salad, gnocchi, and tiramisu – all who came were serenaded by live music from Michael Powers:

And $10 raffle tickets brought in extra to help:

But perhaps most helpful of all, the support and smiles – that’s Jason at right:

So different from the last time we saw the family – exactly two months ago, as the driver who hit Wah and Jason was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, following an emotional hearing (WSB coverage here) in a courtroom that, like the restaurant on Sunday, was full of supporters. If you couldn’t be there on Sunday but would like to help them with the big medical bills that they are facing, go to any Wells Fargo branch and donate to the Save Jade West Café fund.

5 Replies to "Big turnout for Jade West Café family benefit lunch"

  • Kathy Beck April 12, 2010 (6:16 am)

    Great coverage of an awesome event!

  • DaveG April 12, 2010 (8:15 am)

    It was great being there with some fellow West Seattle folks! One small correction (ok..not so small) to the article. The families medical bills are over the MID_SIX FIGURE range. Insurance has covered some, but certainly not all of it. (the convicted drunk driver had minimal insurance coverage).

    It was also Jason’s first day of really giving his new prosthetic a serious workout. His right foot is still broken and healing. He’s an amazing young man.

    • WSB April 12, 2010 (8:44 am)

      Thanks, everything we’d seen just mentioned five-digit costs for prosthetics etc. Will take the number out.

  • DaveG April 12, 2010 (2:27 pm)

    Yeah..I believe that’s what the prosthetic costs were. Thanks SOOOO much for sending Cliff down to cover the event!!! There were additional tables downstairs and outside, as well as a big area for the Silent Auction. I’d guess probably 150+ people there.

    Here’s to wishing the whole family all the best in their continued recovery!

  • Ms Evelyn April 13, 2010 (8:38 pm)

    I am so sorry that I had to miss the fund raiser for this family. Am very touched by the communities caring attitude for this dear family. Here is to better times ahead for Jason, his Mom & Dad and the rest of their family!

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