On February 29, a chilly Saturday night, local watering hole Gulp offered drink specials to help raise money for Stevens Nation, a fund to help Eric Stevens, an L.A. City firefighter and former NFL player, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 29. Though Stevens was unable to attend the event due to his illness, the local community of residents and firefighters from Playa Vista’s own Station 67 not only purchased drinks, but filled a fireman’s work boot with cash to help find a cure for the disease. Stevens, who played football for the Rams for a year before following in his brothers’ footsteps to become a firefighter, recently married his college sweetheart, Amanda. Eric and Amanda, their friends, family and fellow firefighters are all on a mission to fight ALS. Visit stevensnation.com to find out more or donate. Another fundraiser will be held at Gulp in the near future.
— Shanee Edwards