A local doctor has organized a concert to raise awareness of a common illness and promote up-and-coming musical talent.
The Mid-Summer DiaBEATS Benefit Concert is scheduled 7 p.m. Saturday in the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos. Proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association.
An internal medicine specialist, concert organizer Dr. Mariam Manoukian is familiar with diabetes – she treats the disease at her Mountain View office and serves on the American Diabetes Association-Silicon Valley Board of Directors.
“The main goal for this concert is to spread the word about diabetes, its prevalence and complications, and to raise money for research,” she said.
Last year’s inaugural event generated $6,500, according to Manoukian, a portion of which helped the family of a girl with Type 1 diabetes and leukemia pay medical bills.
“It would be great to raise a similar amount (this year),” Manoukian added.
The success of the 2013 concert prompted the doctor and many of last year’s performers to hop onboard again. Beyond raising money for a good cause, Manoukian said the event aims to introduce young musicians to a new audience. The lineup of local performers features guitarist Josh Friedman, pop and rhythm and blues vocalist Iari Melchor and rock band Libertine Circle. Other musicians slated to take the stage include Armen Sarkisian, Alli Schynert and Dor Gvirtsman.
Manoukian noted that some of the performers are diabetic, among the nearly 26 million Americans who have been diagnosed with the disease.
Admission to the concert is a suggested donation of $5 for students, $30 for adults. Pizza is included.
For more information, call 814-3085 or visit facebook.com/events/246995092161761.