The family and friends of Costa Mesa resident Bill Thomas, who suffered a rare spinal stroke in January, are hosting "Road to Recovery," a fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. today in the Harborside Grand Ballroom at the Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach.

The family-oriented evening will include dinner, a disc jockey and dancing, silent auction bidding from 6 to 8 p.m., face painting and balloon art for kids, a 50/50 cash drawing and raffle prizes. Light appetizers will be served. Call (714) 856-7856 or go to  for information.

Proceeds from a garage sale held in February helped pay for Thomas to be moved to Atlanta's Shepherd Center, a catastrophic-care hospital specializing in spinal cord injuries where his rehabilitation is ongoing, and the medical bills continue to mount.

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