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UPDATED: Saugus student fighting cancer stages 'Play it Forward' concert fundraiser

Proceeds to benefit Michael Hoefflin Foundation

Posted: May 18, 2010 2:40 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2010 10:38 p.m.

Here's the official "Play it Forward" flier.

 
Saugus High School will host "Play it Forward," a benefit concert to raise money for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation's cancer research and support programs, at the Saugus High outdoor stage on Friday, May 28 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Local favorite Kounterfeit Change heads the talent lineup, which also includes Darkis Knite, Probably Nothing, Scarlet Sonata, Set Match Run, and Sorry Charlie. More bands are expected to be added to the bill.

The concert was first suggested by Saugus High School senior Jonathan Borondy, who was diagnosed with cancer a little over a year ago. Borondy underwent numerous chemotherapy treatments, which caused his weight to drop, his hair to fall out, and his strength to diminish.

Despite his diagnosis, Borondy has maintained outstanding grades in all of his classes, including advanced placement and other highly rigorous courses of study, according Bill Bolde, Saugus High principal.

In his last month of high school, Borondy discussed his idea for a benefit concert with Bolde. A lover of music, Borondy wanted to create an event where students from all over the valley could enjoy a night of live performances, while raising money to fight cancer. He called the event "Play it Forward."

Other provisions have been donated by local companies, including A-1 Party (staging materials), Andy Gump (event fencing) Higher Level Productions Inc. (musical entertainment), and SOS Entertainment (sound and lighting equipment).

Jersey Mike's in Saugus, Juice it Up in Valencia, In-N-Out, Maria Elena's and others will provide food for the event, and Castaic Lake Water Agency will provide bottled water. Other sponsors include Quoba, radio station KHTS-AM 1220, and The Signal.

ASB students from Saugus and other Hart district campuses are helping to promote event.

The cost of admission is $10 and includes a ticket good for one food item from one of the vendors. Additional food coupons may be purchased for less than $4.

"Play it Forward" organizers have set a goal to attract between 1,500 to 2,000 guests. They hope Borondy will be able to present a check to Jeff Shapiro, executive director of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, for more than $15,000 on the night of his graduation.

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