CV youth will sing out with others at a benefit concert/silent auction to beat ALS on Feb. 11

The premise behind the “Striking A Chord” benefit concert was conceived by Carmel Valley resident Megan Spector, 12, whose Aunt Marjie Block was diagnosed with ALS about three years ago. Currently there is no cure, and the life expectancy of ALS patients is tragically short, two-five years, but Megan’s aunt is determined to win in her fight with ALS.

With the message of hope leading the way, singers from across the United States will join together to participate in the benefit concert where 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the ALS Association of San Diego (ALSA-SD). Concert proceeds will support finding a cure for this terrible disease, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, named after the famous New York Yankee’s baseball star. Megan has reached out to the San Diego music community and beyond, and has received a welcomed response from exceptional singers who plan on participating.

The concert will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, at The Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, in San Diego. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning theater critic and arts writer Pat Launer, the event will feature talented singers and performers from across the United States. Jason Chase, who has directed numerous productions in the U.S. and Europe, will be the event’s musical director.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students, with Premiere Reserved Seating available to Angel Donors who contribute $100 or more. Tickets may be purchased through the ALSA-SD via phone at 858-271-5547 or online at .

To make the event an even greater success, there will also be an Online Silent Auction running from Jan. 25-Feb. 5. The auction features something for everyone, from Valentines to sports enthusiasts and everything in between. Like the concert tickets, 100 percent of the proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to ALSA-SD. Donations are tax deductible. You can find the Auction at https://www.biddingforgood/StrikingAChordForALS .

To see the firsthand impact of ALS, you can view an inspirational video about Megan’s Aunt Marjie at It was created by Megan’s cousin Madison Silver, who’s also doing all she can to help fight ALS too. Unfortunately, ALS is a progressive disease and Megan’s aunt’s condition has worsened since this video was made about a year ago. For more information, please visit: or send an email to: or call Sheri Spector at 858-442-6667.