Chatting With Billy V: January 26, 2012

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - John Travolta's rare Mercedes-Benz has been recovered four months after it was stolen from outside a Santa Monica, California car dealership. Back in September, the actor parked his 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 Sl convertible while he was visiting a Jaguar dealership. When he returned, it was gone. Two men, linked to a car-theft ring, have been arrested in connection with the case.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and University of Hawaii Warrior quarterback Bryant Moniz will be signing autographs and posing for photos to raise money to cover some of six-year-old Drew Iida's medical expenses this Thursday, January 26th, at the Pan Am Building in Honolulu.

On October 1, 2011, the then five-year-old Drew stumbled, fell and had a seizure at his Pop Warner football practice. Today, almost four months later, the once active keiki continues his recovery at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Drew has made some progress, according to his mom, Sheri Iida, and their family remains hopeful and will do whatever it takes to provide the care that Drew needs.

"Drew had a closed brain injury. We are unsure what caused the initial bleeding in his brain, but we do know that the bleeding caused a lot of trauma to his brain and that is what he is fighting to recover from now," said Sheri. "We are not sure how long he will need to stay in Arizona. We will stay as long as he makes progress or till he is well enough to go home."


Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012

Time: 5:00-6:00 P.M.

Location: Hugo Higa, M.D., Pan Am Building, Suite 105 (Ground Floor, across American Savings Bank)

Parking: Regular parking rates will apply at the Pan Am Building. Metered stalls available on surrounding streets, but please check times.

Details: The first 250 people in line will receive a ticket for an autograph and photo op with Larry Fitzgerald and Bryant Moniz.

Cost: A minimum $25 donation per person is requested.

Although the signing and photos will be limited to the first 250 people, there will be one or two opportunities for those not in line to take photos of the football heroes.

Congratulations to Hawaiian Airlines Employee of the Year Emory Tokuhama, Chief Agent, Customer Service at Honolulu Airport; I was emcee last night with employees that have been with Hawaiian from 26-50+ years.

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