Israeli consulate, Houston Dynamo help raise funds for Berry children

Israeli consulate, Houston Dynamo help raise funds for Berry children

Israeli consulate, Houston Dynamo help raise funds for Berry children

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by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 14 at 5:59 PM

HOUSTON—The Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest are teaming up with the Houston Dynamo to help three Briargrove children whose parents were killed in a car accident in West Texas earlier this month.

The consulate has purchased 100 tickets to the game on Wednesday, July 20, when the Dynamo will take on British Premier League club Bolton at 7:30 p.m.. All proceeds will go to the Joshua and Robin Berry Children’s Trust.

The tickets will be donated to the Big Brother Foundation in honor of Joshua Berry, an active Big Brother, a spokesperson for the consulate said.

Josh Berry, 41, and Robin Berry, 40, died on July 2 when a car veered into oncoming traffic on Highway 285 in Fort Stockton and struck their minivan head-on. The family was on their way home from a vacation in Colorado.

Their three children, 9-year-old Peter, 8-year-old Aaron and 6-year-old Willa, were injured in the crash.

The kids were rushed to Lubbock Covenant Hospital, where they stayed for several days until they were stable enough to be moved to Houston.

Willa’s injuries weren’t as serious as her brothers’, and she is now staying with close family friends in Houston.Peter and Aaron, who are currently paralyzed from the waist down, are currently in Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and will be transferred to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago.

They are expected to receive in-patient rehabilitation for pediatric spinal cord injuries for six to eight weeks.

Then, they will return to Texas.

The children were not immediately told about their parents’ deaths. Longtime Berry family friend, Lisa Strauss, was with them when they shared the tragic news with them.

"They were together and they’re handling it the way any child does. They’re having moments of sadness and having moments of playfulness because they are children," said Strauss.

She said the youngest, Willa, has been talkative since the accident.

"It’s great. She’s the same Willa she always was, which is one minute a little angel and the next minute a little feisty devil. She’s doing great and she’s handling it as best as any 6-year-old can handle it," Strauss said.

The Berrys, who lived in the Briargrove area, were well-known in the community.

Josh Berry unsuccessfully ran for Houston City Council in 2003. Robin Berry was a party planner.

All three children attended school at Beth Yeshurun.

The "Perlo-Berry Family Fund" has been established online to help the Berry children. Click here for more information.

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