Nov. 10 concert by top young musicians will aid kids with complex congenital heart disease

Dozens of talented young musicians from around the county will perform Saturday, Nov. 10, in Solana Beach to brighten the lives of children who have complex congenital heart disease. Money raised at the third annual Heart of a Child concert will benefit the Ariana Fund, a nonprofit organization formed in 2008 in memory of Ariana Miller, a 13-year-old Encinitas girl who died from the disease that year while waiting for a heart transplant.

In its young history, the Ariana Fund has awarded nearly $45,000 in grants, including recent awards of $10,000 to expand Resounding Joy’s “Healing Notes” music therapy program at Rady Children’s Hospital for patients with congenital heart disease, and $7500 to Camp del Corazon, a summer camp on Catalina Island for children with heart disease.

Ariana loved music, played piano and sang in choir.

The event will be co-hosted this year by Loren Nancarrow and Hal Grant.  Nancarrow, a well-known local television personality, is news anchor on FOX 5 San Diego.  Grant has directed many network television shows and currently directs the Steve Harvey Show in Chicago. The concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 424 Via de la Valle, in Solana Beach, just north of the county fairgrounds. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and a silent auction. Tickets, at $25 each general admission and $15 students, can be purchased at the door or online at www.thearianafund.org. For more information, visit www.thearianafund.org or send emails to thearianafund@gmail.com.

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