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Concert to help Esteban Balagso

By Staff | May 28, 2009

LAHAINA — Coach Mario Balagso, one of Lahaina’s longtime basketball coaches, along with his brothers Ronald and Brian Balagso and extended family members will host a Comedy & Concert Benefit today, Thursday, May 28, for a loved one recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Esteban Balagso, a longtime resident and employee of Lahainaluna High School, is currently being treated at the Valley Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, California. This fund-raiser will assist the family with medical and traveling expenses.

The benefit will be held at Waiola Church in Lahaina. Doors will open at 5 p.m. No outside beverages or food will be allowed.

The event will feature comedy by Lanai Tabura, Shawn Felipe and Blaine Kanashire, live music by Fi-Yah, hula by Pomaikaikalani Hula Halau and a silent auction.

The suggested donation is $20 for adults ($25 at the door) with limited space and seating. Tickets are $10 for children ages 6-12; keiki five and under are free.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Heather Balagso at 385-9242 or Jolynn Ines-Baraoidan at 269-8337. This is an alcohol-free event.

“To make a donation or assist with this event, please give us a call. We thank you in advance for your continued support and love for a great man and loving man,” Ines-Baraoidan concluded.