Carmel Valley student organizes concert fundraiser to help bring music to students at Monarch School
By Karen Billing
Local Girl Scout Moriah Seymann, 11, recently organized a concert to benefit the Monarch School for homeless children as part of her efforts toward the Girl Scout Silver Award. Moriah, a sixth grade student at the San Diego Jewish Academy, held her “Song of the Butterfly” concert on April 13 to raise money for a music program for kindergarten through third grade students at the downtown school.
“I think it’s important to help them because the kids don’t have a lot of things special to call their own and I think music is a good thing to have as part of their lives,” said Moriah, who enjoys playing piano.
Moriah, a member of Girl Scout Troop 1706, spent close to three months planning the show. It was a huge undertaking, making some 30 cold calls to venues and wading through rejections before pinning down the C3 Performing Arts Center in Mission Valley.
It also took some time to find the performer and sponsors. She selected the FanFaire Foundation’s Kids Playing for Kids program as her performers. Of the young performers in the show, two were Carmel Valley students: Christine Chen, a Canyon Crest junior on French horn, and Michael Chen, a Sage Canyon sixth grader on piano.
She found a sponsor in TakeLessons and organized a silent auction for the event.
“My favorite part was seeing all the people that cared about me to show up and enjoy themselves at the concert,” Moriah said.
Around 70 people attended the show and she even received donations from people who were unable to attend but wanted to support her cause.
The funds raised will be used to buy recorders, music books and help pay for teachers.
The goal of the Silver Award is to create a project that is lasting and it is Moriah’s hope that the music program will be able to continue and grow at Monarch. Already the FanFaire group is talking about renting a piano to hold a concert at the school and possibly make it a combination recital with the new music students.
Moriah would like to hold a clothing drive so the music students can have something nice to wear for their recital.
“I want the children to really feel that they have a gift that they can share,” Moriah said.
To continue to support the music program, donations can be made at YouCaring.com/SongoftheButterfly2013