When you’re a high school senior dealing with cancer, band practice isn’t exactly what’s at the top of your mind. But when things calm down as much as they can the week before graduation, a battle of the bands starts sounding good.
Saugus Principal Bill Bolde is one of Jonathan Borondy’s biggest fans and when Jonny said he wanted to give something back to the community that had supported him and his family for the last year, he pledged to do anything he could to help him.
On Friday, May 28, Borondy will get his chance to give back, organizing “Play It Forward,” a night of music featuring at least five local bands and offering food and activities to raise money for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation For Children’s Cancer.
Borondy hopes to present a $15,000 check to Hoefflin officials at his June 3 graduation.
Perhaps Bolde says it best in a letter he hand-carried to ASB offices at all the high schools.
“Being a lover of music, he wanted to create an event where students from all over the valley could come together, enjoy an extraordinary night of music, partake in some fun, eat some good food and all the while raise money for a great cause … The event is a little more than a week away and there are many people coming together to make it a reality. We currently have six bands playing (they include Fentruck, Probably Nothing, Scarlet Sonata, Kounterfeit Change and Darkis Knight) and we’re hoping for an additional four to join them.
“A local DJ has donated all the lights, sound and video equipment. A-1 Party has contributed staging materials. Andy Gump has donated event fencing. Everything has been donated from our local community … Jersey Mike’s in Saugus, Juice It Up in Valencia, In-N-Out, Maria Elena’s and many other will be donating food for those in attendance. Castaic Lake Water Agency has donated bottled water for the event. There will be inflatable activities for those in attendance.
“All the local high schools are playing significant roles in this endeavor. The ASB students at each campus are working feverishly to promote and support the event. When you put a challenge in front of high school students, they always know how to get the job done.”
Bolde said that he supports Borondy’s hope to present a big check to the Hoefflin Foundation on June 3, but said he’s got another trick up his sleeve. He plans to pass the hat and ask for contributions among those in attendance – so bring your tissues, your flowers and your checkbooks to COC stadium on June 3.
For information regarding how the community can help or how to make tax-deductible contributions, contact the Michael Hoefflin Foundation at 250-4100 or e-mail Bill Bolde at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions can also be made via the Hoefflin website at www.mhf.org under the “events” tab.