SOLANA BEACH — A dinner dance to benefit local businessman David Gordon will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. July 1 at 645 Solana Circle in Solana Beach. Money generated from the event will be used for medical bills and to replace inventory that was lost following a near-fatal crash outside of the Mexican village of Mata Ortiz in March.
Gordon was visiting the town to purchase pottery, which he sells through his Solana Beach business.
The fundraiser is being organized by friends Lezlie Haines and Dr. Ed Balian. An author, entrepreneur and educator, Balian will assume his alter ego, DJ Detroit Eddie, spinning hundreds of vinyl 45 rpm hit records from his collection that begins in 1955.
Balian has a personal connection to Gordon that goes back 10 years when they met over coffee at the Java Depot in Solana Beach.
“David is truly a remarkable person and a true asset to Solana Beach and the North County coast.” Balian said. “He has a keen eye for art and is one of the hardest working people I know. His great relationship with the peoples in the Mexican villages in which he works speaks volumes about his humanity. I am proud to call him a friend.”
According to longtime friend Eileen English, Gordon sustained several broken vertebrae as well as damage to the left side of his brain and other injuries. Initially, he was transferred to a hospital in Chihuahua City where he was put into a drug-induced coma. He was subsequently transferred to Scripps Memorial Hospital.
English reported that Gordon has undergone several surgeries that include having a metal halo inserted into his head to support the vertebrae. He is able to open his eyes, and has regained limited use of his hands. Gordon, however, is unable to speak because of a tracheal tube. He’s currently at a rehabilitation facility in San Diego.
Like Balian, English has been a friend of Gordon and his wife and Tara for several years.
“They are amazing people,” she said. “They are incredibly talented and it is such a gift to have them as friends.
“They lost a big chunk of pottery in the car crash. Mata Ortiz pottery is beautiful art and both David and Tara are passionate about the art and the artists, rightfully so.”
Tara Gordon continues to travel the west coast, selling pottery to support the family.
“Tara is trying to do the business on top of being there for her beloved David, run the household, etc.,” English said. “She told me she is blown away by the love and support of so many friends. She is incredibly thankful for all their efforts.”
Balian said the event is a BYOB and pot luck dinner. No RSVP required. Minimum donation is $25 per person with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Gordons.
Checks or money orders should be made payable to: “Fund for David Gordon,” c/o Dr. Edward S. Balian, 204 N. El Camino Real, #E-427, Encinitas, CA 92024.
Donations can be made to Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate “Fund for David Gordon” in Paypal description line.
Donations for a silent auction are also being sought. To contribute, or for more information, call Ed Balian at (760) 809-9778.
So far, Balian reports, the community response has been positive.
“Looks like a big affair,” he said. “Bring your dancing shoes!”
For more about the Gordons and their business, visit mataortizpots.com. To contact Balian, visit edwardbalian.com.