There are no talents untapped in the community of students, parents and staff at the San Carlos Charter Learning Center when it comes to their school's leader, Chris Mahoney.
It seems they are willing to sing, dance, golf, walk, cook --and now play piano--in order to raise a few dollars and awareness for Chris and his family as he awaits the call for a new liver.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, several of Chris' students from "Charter" will play a piano concert for their beloved principal, who was diagnosed with Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a chronic liver disease, in 2003.
The 42-year-old educator needs a liver transplant or he faces a painful death, which would leave his wife and three-year-old son, who asks every morning "feeling better daddy?" and rests his head in Mahoney's lap, without financial support.
The Piano Concert to Benefit Chris Mahoney will be held Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos.
The five student pianists are: Victor Li (age 13), May Jiang (age 13), Dina Zheng (age 13), and Rebecca Li (age 13), and Henry Smolen (age 14).
The four 13-year-olds have been performing together for years with the goal of bringing the joy of music to people in need. They have each been playing piano for 8 years and achieved high levels of proficiency including Advanced Level of the Certificate of Merit for Piano with honors.
Henry is in his seventh year as a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division and he is a classical piano student of Christie Peery Skousen. He has won prizes in various competitions, and has performed all over the country, including performances at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Henry is also a member of the Hillsdale High School Jazz Ensemble where he attends school as a freshman.
Tickets may be purchased through PayPal, by going to this link. Be sure to reference the Piano Benefit and include the total number of tickets. Of course, checks are also accepted.
Piano Concert to Benefit Chris Mahoney
- Saturday, January 19
- 6:30-8:15 (performance will be 1.5 hours + intermission)
- $20/individual $50/Family (or 3+)
- Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda De Las Pulgas San Carlos (at the corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Brittan Avenue)
- For more information, go to http://www.chrisneedsaliver.com/
READ ABOUT OTHER EVENTS THAT HAVE BEEN HELD FOR CHRIS
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- Garage Sale to Benefit Chris Mahoney
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