February 4, 2014 UPDATE: You can help Orly Ohayon Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. First Coast News is hosting a phone bank manned by Orly's friends from Wolfson High School and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Call 904-632-1200 to help us help Orly pay her medical bills and a college fund.
Orly is speaking for the first time Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Jeannie Blaylock.
February 2, 2014, JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Orly Ohayon welcomed a crowd of about 250 people paying $20 a ticket, via videotape, for what 14-year-old Ari Howard called a "Super Benefit Concert" for a super teen Sunday.
Howard is a 9th grader who loves to play guitar. He organized a benefit concert to help Ohayon.
Ohayon was struck by a car in September on San Jose Blvd and suffered severe injuries. She is still recovering. Her mother Esther died in that accident.
Howard's efforts to help paid off Sunday with Orly's Super Benefit Concert at the Jacksonville Jewish Center.
He says Orly was always nice and is always smiling and it was his turn to help with medical expenses and a college education.
"I'm kind of in shock right now. I did not expect it to turn out like this, but you know what, hey it's great," Howard said.
Howard put in two months of hard work to organize the event and invited some talented local guitarists he had gotten to know like internationally acclaimed guitarist Stephen Robinson, a Stetson music professor and Howard's teacher.
"What Ari has done is absolutely remarkable. I know what it takes to put together any kind of public concert like this. I mean, he has really done a big job," Robinson said.
Howard had auction items to raise money for Orly, including a signed guitar by country music superstar Alan Jackson and signed photos of other stars.
"I know a guy, who knows a guy. He sent them an email and you know they just came in the mail," Howard said.
Ari played some songs for the crowd and got a standing ovation.
His parents are proud.
"This was his vision, and it is coming to reality today. But I think we are more proud of the community that we live in because the whole community has supported Ari and his vision to support Orly," Marcia Howard, Ari's mother said. "She is just a sweet girl , and if you knew her you would want to give the world to her."
Ari said Orly is very thankful, very shocked with the outpouring of support.
First Coast News will host a phone bank during the early evening newscasts to help Ari Howard raise more money to help Orly.You can call and donate if you wish on Tuesday evening.