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VC High School Students Organize Community Concert on Soccer Field to Help Alum With Cancer

Students organize first ever school-sponsored community concert May 15 to help ‘08 alum with cancer treatments

Danny Keagbine '08

Danny Keagbine '08

Valley Catholic students are joining forces with bands from around the Portland area to put on an outdoor public concert on the school’s soccer field Saturday, May 15.

While a good time is sure to be had by all in this unique show featuring local bands and young Portland talent, the energy to organize the production is driven by one thing only. Valley Catholic students are doing whatever they can to raise money for their friend and 2008 alum Danny Keagbine who is battling cancer.

Keagbine has been undergoing extensive treatment for Ewing Sarcoma since August 2009. Organizers of the concert, hope to make a significant difference by raising thousands of dollars to help defray Keagbine’s medical costs. The “Groovin’ for a Cure” concert promises something for everyone, including reggae, blues and funk. Local bands Waiting in Vain, Daniel Bedlam, Pseudophilis, Tijuana Poop Smugglers, and Speakeasy have been handpicked by a senior and bass player at Valley Catholic.

Katie McAuliffe

Katie McAuliffe '10

Neema Sahebi '10

Neema Sahebi '10

Seniors Neema Sahebi and Katie McAuliffe are the major organizers of the event under the supervision of Valley Catholic High English teacher Kathy Johnson. “Danny isn’t much older than a high school student,” said Johnson. “There will be good music, good bands, and good company — all for a good cause.”

Sahebi was the one who came up with the idea to hold a music concert where 100 percent of the benefits go directly to Keagbine’s expensive hospital bills. “This whole thing started for Danny’s cause,” said Sahebi. “I’ve organized music concerts before and I know all about the logistical challenges, so I thought I could help turn this into a great way to raise money for Danny.”

concert_poster“I didn’t pick just anyone for the entertainment,” said Sahebi. “There were plenty of bands willing to play at the concert for free. I chose bands based on their diversity and experience. For example, Speakeasy won Portland’s Battle of the Bands.”

After selecting the bands, McAuliffe and Sahebi had to face the challenges of getting a Beaverton city permit for the public event along with getting permission from the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon — the campus on which the school resides. The organizers have done everything possible to eliminate expenses and their tenacity has paid off with locating generous donations to cover security, a stage and a tent.

Since Keagbine’s diagnosis in August, Valley Catholic faculty, staff and students have been bringing homemade meals to the family. Danny’s sister Kelsey, a senior at Valley, will also run a half marathon in June to bring in revenue for her brother’s treatment.

“Groovin’ for a Cure” will be held from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on the Valley Catholic High School soccer field. Tickets are $6 per person with bulk rates available. Concessions will be available for sale and security will be in force. No containers are allowed. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Valley Catholic High School office at (503) 644-3745.