‘Striking A Chord’ benefit concert


The “Striking A Chord” benefit concert, which was held July 29 at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, raised more than $30,000 for the ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter.

The benefit was conceived by Carmel Valley resident Megan Spector after her Aunt Marjie Block was diagnosed with ALS. Currently there is no cure for this disease, and the life expectancy of patients is tragically short, typically two to five years from diagnosis. Megan’s aunt has defied this statistic and continues to wage her daily fight with ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous New York Yankees baseball star.

Hosted by 27-time Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and author Jane Mitchell, the event featured a variety of singers from across the United States. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the ALS Association to support finding a cure for this disease. Visit and

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