SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 9, 2019) -- Over the last 32 years, the San Diego Festival of the Arts has raised more than $2.5 million for San Diegans with disabilities. This program has allowed disabled veterans from Paralyzed Veterans of America like Buddy Wachtstetter, Dave Smith, and Duane Norman to make the most out of the life.
CBS 8 News Reporter Jeff Zevely met with these men and shared how the San Diego Festival of the Arts has given them “a reason to get out of bed in the morning.” In his video, Zevely writes about Wachtstetter’s new found love for flying drones, Smith’s ability to drive race cars with his face, and Norman’s new outlook on life.
These three veterans were able to find a renewed sense of joy thanks to the money raised from the San Diego Festival of the Arts. They receive support through the Paralyzed Veterans of America, just one of 23 non-profit organizations that receive donations from the art festival. Zevely shares the money from this program is vital and non-profit organizations, like Paralyzed Veterans of America, could not survive without the art festival’s donations.
The festival’s co-director Don Ludwig shares that the art festival’s goal has always been to give back to the community and to “spoil” those who deserve it most.
To read more about Jeff Zeverly and how the San Diego Festival of the Arts has given back to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, check out the video below.