WILSHIRE BLVD — Local sports bar The Shack, home to many Phillies fans, successfully raised an estimated $7,500 for injured Giants fan Bryan Stow.

Stow, a paramedic and father of two, was severely beaten at the Dodgers home opener in late March and remains hospitalized.

Nearly 300 people meandered in and out of the bar throughout the night, according to Jon Burk, event organizer. There was a silent auction and raffle. Donations were also made by patrons.

Stow’s mother and sisters attended the event.

“They said it was the biggest fundraising effort they’d seen,” Burk said, adding that the family was “moved” by the community’s support.

According to support4bryanstow.com, a website that is regularly updated by Stow’s family, his condition has been improving in recent weeks. Family members said Stow can slightly lift his arm and leg and respond to some directions.

“Having the Stows there was so special,” said Debbie Axel, an event organizer. “Apparently Bryan puckered his lips to kiss his sister the other day — I can only imagine what they’re going through.”

Officials at San Francisco General Hospital say Stow remains in serious condition.

Louie Sanchez, 28, and Marvin Norwood, 30, the two men accused of beating Stow, were arraigned Wednesday and plead not guilty to criminal charges.

Prosecutor Frank Santoro said in court he did not object to a motion to allow television cameras in the courtroom because the case is built on admissions, not witness identifications.

“The case is based on admissions from both of them,” said Santoro, who provided no further details.

He said 20 witnesses had been asked to look at the men, but only one could positively identify Sanchez and no one recognized Norwood.

The motion involving cameras was denied after the defense objected.

Outside court, Sanchez’s attorney, Gilbert Quinones, was asked about the claim that the defendants had made admissions.

“Making assertions and proving them are two different things,” Quinones said.

During the hearing, several relatives looked on as Sanchez and Norwood stood about 30 feet apart. The men did not look at each other and spoke only through their lawyers. Relatives later declined to comment to the media.

Police have portrayed Sanchez as the leader of the March 31 assault on Stow as the culmination of an alleged rampage in which Sanchez and Norwood are accused of lashing out randomly at rival Giants fans at the stadium.

The District Attorney’s Office also said it would not file charges against Dorene Sanchez, the sister of Louie Sanchez. She had been arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, but prosecutors found insufficient evidence against her.


The Associated Press contributed to this report

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