To help Dominick Gallegos’ family with financial costs of funeral expenses, the Ken Hubbs Little League organized a Carwash on Saturday at Max Lofy field garnering hundreds of cars through the afternoon. The league garnered approximately $7,100 to help the Gallegos family.
Young baseball players scrubbed and washed the exteriors of cars in support of Dominick, whom they remember as a “great teammate and a happy kid.”
“We’re having this car wash in memory of him,” said 12-year-old Isaac Toledo, who played alongside Gallegos on the Major Division Cubs at Ken Hubbs Little League.
In the last week there has been an outpour of support from Colton community residents for the Gallegos family. On April 12, 12-year-old Dominick Gallegos collapsed and died on the grounds of U.S. Grant Elementary School.
Dana Vera Ibarra, the Team Mom Coordinator for Ken Hubbs Little League, said Gallegos touched many players throughout the league. His tragic death sparked many of the league’s administrators to organize a fundraiser to honor his life.
“We are just one big happy family here at Ken Hubbs,” Ibarra expressed. “Many of us are tight bonded, especially during difficult moments. Dominick was an all around amazing kid, and we feel his spirit is with us here Today.”
Alex Menchaca, 11, recalls Dominick’s positive attitude, especially in tough moments.
“When we had a bad game, he would try to cheer us up,” he said. “He always had a laugh and smile on his face.”
Dominick’s father, Joel, said he has been surprised by the support he has received from the community.
“We don’t consider these people friends anymore,” he said. “They are family. We can’t express enough how much this has helped us get through the process.”
On Sunday April 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Bella Tresse Salon, along with other local barbers and hair stylists, are holding a fundraising event. All proceeds will go towards the Gallegos Family. The Salon is located at 1300 East Washington Street, building number 4. For more information, contact Robert Sanchez at (909) 503-5892.