Drive-Thru Pasta With a Purpose Fundraiser Set Aug. 4 to Benefit Seven-Year-Old Palm Bay Cancer Patient Olivia Owens
By Steve Wilson // July 13, 2023
Pasta with a Purpose Fundraiser set Odyssey Charter School Elementary Campus in Palm Bay
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On Friday, August 4, the public will have the opportunity to support seven-year-old cancer patient Olivia Owens during a the Drive-Thru Pasta with a Purpose Fundraiser, which will be held at her school, Odyssey Charter School – Elementary Campus, located at 1755 Eldron Blvd. SE, Palm Bay, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The pasta meal includes spaghetti, topped with marinara sauce (with or without meat), a side salad and dinner roll. Without leaving the comfort of your vehicle, simply drive-thru and pick up your food.
Family friends, Michelle Delaune, Karina Blankman and Marilis Apostalopolos, were instrumental in putting the fundraiser together and are hoping for a big turnout to support Olivia and her family.
Olivia, a seven-year-old Palm Bay resident, was diagnosed with a brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is highly aggressive and difficult to treat, and fewer than 10 percent of children survive longer than two years after diagnosis.
“We never know what life will throw at us, but a child given a cancer diagnosis is just not fair,” said Delaune.
“Please come out and support an amazing family in their daughter’s fight against DIPG. All proceeds from Olivia’s Drive-Thru Pasta with a Purpose Fundraiser will go directly to the Owens family. Thank you in advance for helping make our fundraiser a huge success.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson moved to Brevard County in 1984 and has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018 and Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.