Ojai Film Festival Garden Party September 18, 2007


David Meyers didn’t think twice. When the owner of Vespa of Thousand Oaks heard that a local girl battling cancer had always wanted a Vespa scooter, he loaded up a shiny, new one and delivered it to the hospital where she was undergoing treatment. 18-year-old Krista Romero of Ventura eventually lost her fight with cancer, but that scooter brought joy to her final days and showed her and her family that the Ventura County community was with them all the way. In September, Vespa of Thousand Oaks raffled off a new LX150. Krista’s mother, Lorraine Romero, drew the winning ticket. You can probably guess the rest. Call it coincidence, serendipity, or an act of God—but out of about 200 tickets, she closed her eyes and drew the one with Krista’s name. “That was better than winning,” said one bystander. When you see Krista’s parents, Ben and Lorraine, scooting around town on their twin Vespas, give a wave.

(From left) Lynda Meyers, Jordan Romero, Lorraine Romero, Ben Romero Jr., David Meyers, Ben Romero Sr.


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